With all of the talk about how Hilary somehow managed to weasel out of criminal charges once again, talk has turned once more – as it inevitably does at least once a year or so now – to a potential rebellion and civil war.
Count me out of that talk. I do not want a war. First, if we really took this seriously, we would have gone to war immediately after Roe v. Wade. There are prudential issues why this might have been a bad idea – was the Civil War, after all of that, really worth it? – but that’s far and away the best justification in our country for outright rebellion; but next to nobody talked about it then.
As they really shouldn’t have. Revolutions and wars are very romantic, but war sucks. A lot of people will end up dead. Quality of life, if you value that sort of thing (and you do, even if you don’t admit it), will drop like a rock. Terrible decisions will be made. War is never something to be talked about idly. It is a last and desperate act, something we do only when it is clear that the other alternatives are clearly worse and that the people we’re fighting against are really our enemies.
Is it really worth the cost? I’m not convinced yet, and I’m extremely unimpressed by folks who talk of rebellion without raising weapons or rallying troops. This isn’t something to be talked about lightly – people will die, by the hundreds, thousands, or even millions. And if you truly think we’ve met the criteria for a just war, then I expect to see you somewhere besides the screen of a computer, talking about how much of a shame it is that nobody has picked up a gun and shot somebody.
War sucks. Let’s take it seriously.