Are we entering a civil war or are we returning to a civil peace?
What voters decide in November in seven states across our country will contribute to tipping towards one or the other.
If Trump’s famous boy in Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz, wins, it may be nearly impossible to pass meaningful gun control, especially the ban on AR-15-style assault rifles that have massacred children in schools, racially targeted shoppers or parishioners, or country music fans and many others. His opponent, John Fetterman, is a likely vote for such a common sense measures.
Or are we descending into civil war?
After all, an AR-15 or any similar weapon is not used to hunt anything other than people. It was designed for combat, for the battlefields, and not banning them in our country is an unspoken admission that even our politicians are willing to allow the United States to go to war against itself. .
Another marquee race that will be vital to these issues is in Georgia, where the Reverend Raphael Warnock – a strong proponent of common sense gun laws – is effectively linked to former star football player Herschel Walker, who is backed by Trump and who seems very likely to vote against any bill that would ban military weapons in civilian society.
of trump deep connections to Vladimir Putin were repeatedly raised by investigative journalists even before his election in 2016, and by the FBI and the Mueller report afterwards. Trump openly chose publicly to say he believed Putin more than America’s own intelligence, and now we learn that Trump stole highly classified intelligence documents on his way out of the White House, many of which are now missing. How many leaked to Putin? Are US intelligence agents in Russia compromised?
Who benefits more from the collapse of American society into violence and chaos than Putin?
One of America’s most repulsive politicians, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, faces a challenge from Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, a friend of working people and someone who rejects Johnson’s close relationship with Trump as well as the Jan Johnson’s apparent endorsement. 6, 2021 armed and deadly invasion insurgency of the United States Capitol, linked to Johnson’s role in the creation false criminal voters in an attempt to steal the Electoral College vote. Johnson has call for an effective end to Social Security and Medicare, and will never vote for gun control of any kind.
If Americans in Ohio, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada want to help us find some balance, some civility, and avoid Civil War 2.0, they will give an update on their candidates in the United States. Senate in a few weeks, because this fall they will help shape our future, or lack thereof.
Dr. Tom H. Hastings is Coördinator of BA/BS Programs and Certificates in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University, voice of peace Editor-in-chief and, on occasion, expert witness for the defense of civilian resistance fighters before the courts.