America Fighting 2nd Civil War

“We’re in our final fight for American values,” by Talk Radio Host Dennis Prager.

It’s time to acknowledge the sad truth: America is fighting a Second Civil War. With the obvious exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War. And just as the Great War came to be known as World War I when World War II broke out, so will America’s Civil War in the 1860’s soon be known as the nation’s 1st Civil War. This is because America is now in the midst of fighting its 2nd Civil War.


This 2nd Civil War, fortunately, differs in that it’s been largely non-violent. But given increasing left-wing actions such as riots, the taking over of college presidents’ offices and illegal occupation of state capitols, violence could happen as this new Civil War spreads.  We must guard against such violence. There are those on both the Left and Right calling for American “unity.” But such calls are either naive or disingenuous. Unity is possible between liberals and the Right, but not possible between the Right and Left.

Liberalism – which was anti-Left, pro-American and deeply committed to the Judeo-Christian foundations of America, has always regarded our melting pot as the American ideal. Liberals fought for free speech for their opponents, regarded Western civilization as the greatest moral and artistic human achievement and celebrated racial identity.

The Left today, however, is opposed to every one of these core principles of liberalism. Like the Left in other countries, the Left in America now says America is essentially a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, war-mongering, money-worshiping, moronically religious nation.


Just like Western Europe, the Left in America seeks to erase America’s Judeo-Christian foundations. Our melting pot to the Left is regarded as nothing more than anti-black, anti-Muslim and anti-Hispanic. The Left suppresses free speech, wherever possible, labeling all non-Left speech “hate speech.” To cite recent examples, if you think Shakespeare was the greatest playwright, or Bach the greatest composer, you are a proponent of Dead White European Males and therefore you are a racist.

Without any important values held in common, how can there be unity between Left and non-Left? Obviously, there cannot. There will be unity only when the Left vanquishes the Right, or the Right vanquishes the Left. Using the First Civil War analogy, American unity was achieved only after the South was vanquished and slavery abolished.


Nihilism says all values and beliefs are unknowable and worthless, therefore they are useless and unimportant. So how are those of us who oppose left-wing nihilism – there is no other word for an ideology that holds Western civilization and America’s core values in such contempt – supposed to unite with “educators” who instruct elementary-school teachers to cease calling their students “boys and girls” because that implies gender identity? Or with English departments that don’t require reading Shakespeare in order to earn a degree in English? Or with those who regard virtually every war America fought as imperialist and immoral? And what about those who regard the free market as a form of oppression? Or those who want the state to control as much of American life as possible? And what about those who repeatedly tell American blacks their problems are all caused by: “white privilege” and “systemic racism”? How are we to react to those who say a nuclear-family ideal is inherently misogynistic and homophobic? And what do you say to people who contend Israel is the villain in the Middle East? Or those who claim the term “Islamic terrorist” is an expression of religious bigotry?

This is the last chance liberals and conservatives working together, with the Right,  will have to defeat the American Left.

The third significant difference between our nation’s two Civil Wars is that only one side has been doing all the fighting in this 2nd Civil War. It’s how the Left took over schools – from elementary to high schools to universities – and indoctrinated America’s young people. It’s how the Left took over most of the news media and totally took over the entertainment industry.


The conservative side is so far losing America’s 2nd Civil War because it rarely fights back with anything near the ferocity of the Left. Name a Republican politician who’s run against the Left, as opposed to running solely against a Democratic opponent. Nearly all conservatives are proud of America and affirm its basic tenets. They readily send their children to schools not knowing their children are being indoctrinated against everything as parents they hold dear. Only a handful of parents ever protested when teachers ceased calling their sons, “boys” or their daughters, “girls.” Too late they learned their children were being taught “slave owner” was the defining characteristic of our Founding Fathers.

With the defeat of the Left in this last presidential election, the defeat of the Left in two thirds of the gubernatorial elections and in a majority of House and Senate elections, this is likely the last chance we liberals, conservatives and the Right working together will have to defeat the American Left. And it will not happen until all groups understand we are fighting for the survival of America no less than what the Union troops were fighting for in the First Civil War.

(Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist based in Dallas, TX. His latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is founder of Prager University and may be contacted at © 2017

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