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Americans at War with One Another

November 15, 2021

Small Town America, cities with populations under 100,000, foster conditions that are favorable in some ways and in others not so favorable

Kenosha, Wisconsin is at the outer limits of a “small town” with a population of about 99,000, but the trial judge, Bruce Schroeder, in the Rittenhouse trial is representative: comfortable in his knowledge of the law, experienced, well-educated (Marquette) and a bit prideful.

A vocal conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jim Jordan, hails from small town America as do many of the insurrectionists under arrest for invading the Capitol Building on January 6. They consider themselves “patriotic” and believe they were defending our way of government from corrupt politicians.

“Small town” versus “Big city” may be one of the aspects of a divided America. Not the largest reason, but a reason. See Anna Applebaum’s essay in the December 2021 Atlantic!

The largest cause of divisions is the vast administrative State that Michael Barone argues is caused by War. See Michael Barone, Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan, (New York, The Free Press, 1990.) p. 154}.

World War I and World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the War against Islamic Terror shaped the lives of Americans for more than a century. That history cannot be ignored and explains why American young people are the way they are and why so many bridle at state and national government mandates to be vaccinated against the corona virus.

Americans hate war but are now at war with one another.

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