NY Times columnist David Brooks writes:
I’ve always given Sidneys to individual essays, but this year it seems right to give one to an entire issue of a magazine, the December issue of The Atlantic, titled “How to Stop a Civil War.” That issue felt like a civic act. I’d particularly recommend Yoni Appelbaum’s essay, “How America Ends,” which captures the political moment we are in. America is undergoing a demographic revolution, with the dominant white majority becoming a minority. We’re also at a moment when hyperpartisans fear that losing an election will be more catastrophic than losing our democracy. Such people are willing to destroy democratic norms to stay in power (look around you).The essay says:
Within the living memory of most Americans, a majority of the country’s residents were white Christians. That is no longer the case, and voters are not insensate to the change—nearly a third of conservatives say they face “a lot” of discrimination for their beliefs, as do more than half of white evangelicals. But more epochal than the change that has already happened is the change that is yet to come: Sometime in the next quarter century or so, depending on immigration rates and the vagaries of ethnic and racial identification, nonwhites will become a majority in the U.S. For some Americans, that change will be cause for celebration; for others, it may pass unnoticed. ...I think America today is like 1850, when attempts to reconcile pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces were failing. There are forces dividing this country, and no reasonable and acceptable compromise is in sight.
In 2002, the political scientist Ruy Teixeira and the journalist John Judis published a book, The Emerging Democratic Majority, which argued that demographic changes—the browning of America, along with the movement of more women, professionals, and young people into the Democratic fold — would soon usher in a “new progressive era” that would relegate Republicans to permanent minority political status. The book argued, somewhat triumphally, that the new emerging majority was inexorable and inevitable. After Barack Obama’s reelection, in 2012, Teixeira doubled down on the argument in The Atlantic, writing, “The Democratic majority could be here to stay.” ...
We should be careful about overstating the dangers. It is not 1860 again in the United States — it is not even 1850.
Look at the impeachment debacle. Apparently it was all just a show of Jewish power and influence. Consider (1) all of the arguments for impeachment came from Jews; (2) no actual crimes were charged; (3) the Dems are not even permitting a trial.
Speaker Pelosi has effectively vetoed the articles of impeachment.
There is nothing like this in history. It is clear that the Dems would do anything in their power to reverse the 2016, from bogus FISA warrants, to unrelenting Jewish propaganda, to phony impeachment articles. They do not quite have the power.
Their main comfort is that they can flood America with non-white refugees, and destroy America that way. I think that the political divide is going to get a whole lot uglier.
Meanwhile the NY Times published a remarkable critical letter:
We write as historians to express our strong reservations about important aspects of The 1619 Project. The project is intended to offer a new version of American history in which slavery and white supremacy become the dominant organizing themes. The Times has announced ambitious plans to make the project available to schools in the form of curriculums and related instructional material. ...You would think that it would be the White supremacists who tell lies about America being founded on White supremacy. Nope. It's the NY Times. The NY Times will say anything to promote racial animosity, and a new Civil War.
On the American Revolution, pivotal to any account of our history, the project asserts that the founders declared the colonies’ independence of Britain “in order to ensure slavery would continue.” This is not true. If supportable, the allegation would be astounding — yet every statement offered by the project to validate it is false.
Update: Here is more criticism of the NY Times project, from the Left.