As always I want to thank all of you readers of Balladeer’s Blog! I love how you are solid enough that you don’t leave in a huff just because you might read something you disagree with or don’t like.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about why I stopped adding to my series of blog posts about my fictional Second U.S. Civil War (which morphed into World War Three when China intervened). Here are some reasons:
A. The bitter divisions in the U.S. have surged so much in real life that what I was writing might seem almost mild in comparison.
B. If you recall, the trigger for my fictional “Civil War Two” was a disputed presidential election, which I based partly on the contested election of 1876 and a tiny bit from Al Gore’s legal challenges to the 2000 election results. Once again real life has outstripped what I was writing.
C. My fictional Civil War borrowed from the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 and featured Liberal fanatics and Conservative fanatics each claiming their candidate was the “real” winner and I depicted them setting up competing governments – each claiming to be the “legitimate” U.S. government.
D. The real divisions now in the U.S. are between Populists on one side and Plutocrats & their forces on the other, no longer Liberal vs Conservative.
E. My blog posts were depicting Liberals mindlessly supporting the Democrats’ army and Conservatives mindlessly supporting the Republicans’ army. In real life Democrats are still mindless, unquestioning zombies for DemCorp but enough former devotees of RepubCorp have proven open-minded enough to divorce themselves from their Republican Party allegiance over the ways the GOP has screwed them over and over again. Hopefully Democrats will someday become as open-minded.