Are the Democrats Fighting a Civil War?
That is the provocative hypothesis put forward by Danial Greenfield at Sultan Knish. On its face it sounds hyperbolic, but Greenfield makes a rather sober case. You should read it all, but this will give you some of the flavor:
How do civil wars happen?
Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.
The key sentiment is precisely that behind the self-proclaimed Resistance (or the me-proclaimed Pubescence): When the other side wins, it is illegitimate and its exercises of power must be resisted By Any Means Necessary. Normalizing the other side, even to the extent of acknowledging its legitimate electoral victories, is complicity in evil. When people who believe what the other side believes, it is “hate speech,” not free speech.
This is very, very dangerous territory. If the people who elected Donald Trump as their means of disrupting what they see as a corruption of democracy designed to lock them out and eliminate their rights find even that successful use of the democratic process blocked, they aren’t going to go away; they’re going to shift their focus away from the means of deciding differences that can make democracies stable.