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Are We On the Eve of the Next Civil War?

by Jerry Robinson on January 5, 2013 · 13 comments

Are We On the Eve of the Next Civil War?

by Jerry Robinson

I expect 2013 to be an interesting year.

And while I expect to have a very profitable year with my investments and businesses, I can’t seem to shake this nagging suspicion that 2013 may also be one of the most devastating years in American history. Sadly, our nation has become a shadow of its former self. In times past, Americans were often admired by other nations for their strange blend of self-reliance and self-sacrifice. Today, however, Americans have become victims of their own success.

In the not-too-distant past, we were a people who made things. We were a nation of producers and relied heavily upon global consumers to purchase our well-made exports. Today, America’s specialty is consumption and our number one export is a worthless piece of paper known as the U.S. dollar.

What happened to America? How did a nation that was so prosperous and so unique in its approach to government end up completely bankrupt and run by tyrants?

It is nothing new. In fact, as the wise King Solomon once said: “There is no new thing under the sun.” In his immense wisdom he added that the thing that “was” is the same thing that is “to come.”

The chaos and confusion that surrounds us is a fog that is induced from an empire in decline. No nation remains on top forever. Deep down, we all know this to be true. But denial is a primitive and very natural human reaction.

Today, our country is literally being ripped apart by power-hungry warring political factions. They each come disguised behind their well-prepared talking points emphasizing “peace,” “sanity,” “morality” or just “fill-in-the-blank.” But their ultimate goal is a power grab. And they attempt to recruit you through the help of their friends in the corporate-controlled media to cheer them on as they engage in a vain quest for more power.

But we are not surprised. After all, politicians have always believed that the only thing wrong with the world is that they are not running it.

The American people have been sheared like sheep. Ironically, America’s prized virtue of rugged individualism appears to have left them incapable of meaningful and convincing collective power. Their demands for accountability from their political leaders has been muted by their realization that in their abundance, they too are motivated by excess.

As long as the powers-that-be maintain a “present is the minimum” attitude, they are able to keep the disillusioned at bay.

It is simply amazing how corrupt the American experiment has become over the last several decades.

Here’s a brief list of just some of things that have Americans upset.

  • The Federal government has approved 30,000 spy drones to fly over America.
  • The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act which provides unbelievable amounts of power to the Executive branch
  • The outright theft of Social Security funds by Congress to pay for items they could never otherwise afford.
  • The abuse of military veterans through the withholding of promised benefits.
  • The mistreatment of existing members of the U.S. Armed Forces through extreme military adventurism.
  • The Federal government’s failure to prosecute the crooks on Wall Street who knowingly stole billions of dollars from those on Main Street.
  • The Federal government’s bogus and racist drug war, which has led to the incarceration of millions of non-violent offenders. (This failed war costs taxpayers $500 every second.)
  • A $16 trillion national debt with no plans to repay it
  • Future unfunded obligations of over $120 trillion, with no strategy to pay for it
  • A poor business climate which has stifled employment growth, thanks to Washington’s inept fiscal policies
  • An out of control Federal Reserve which has converted America’s wealth into massive debt that can never be repaid
  • The slow and steady destruction of the U.S. dollar
  • The annihilation of savers through the Fed’s zero interest rate policy
  • The destruction of every American’s Fourth Amendment rights thanks to the unpatriotic Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Act, which allows warrantless wiretapping of the American public by the National Security Agency (NSA).
  • The harassment of organic farmers by the Federal government.

    And the list goes on and on…

    Are We On the Eve of the Next Civil War?

    Many among the disillusioned masses are keenly aware that the democratic process has been hijacked by special interests and corporate lobbyists. When the ballot box no longer produces peaceful change, history tells us that the masses turn to violent force to exact their will.

    To the modern and civilized mind, the thought that the citizenry would turn to violence is an embarrassing joke. However, I am sure that is how most people have felt throughout history. Outbreaks of violence by the citizenry to force change is the not the exception, but the rule throughout history.

    Consider the nation’s reaction to the tragic events last month at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, where 26 people perished at gunpoint, 20 of which were small children. This tragedy inspired a flood of fresh gun sales. In fact, the number of FBI background checks required before an individual can buy a gun broke a new record in the month of December.

    According to the FBI, 2.78 million instant background checks were conducted during the holiday month. That’s up a dramatic 49% since December 2011. The previous record was set in November 2012 with 2.01 million background checks being conducted.

    Background checks increased in all 50 states in the month of December.

    The top five states that saw the largest December increases were:

    1. Georgia, 66.3%
    2. Oregon, 63.1%
    3. New Hampshire, 60.7%
    4. Texas, 60.2%
    5. Montana, 58.3%



    PDF: Read the comprehensive FBI report here.

    As you can see in the chart above, the number of annual FBI background checks has doubled since 2003.

    Of course, these numbers do not include the number of guns sold through gun shows, which currently offer buyers a loop-hole to avoid the mandatory background check. Roughly 40% of all guns sold annually at gun shows require no background check.

    The recent jump in reported gun sales is actually part of a much larger trend that began back around 2005. It may surprise gun control advocates that gun ownership in America is down dramatically from where it was back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. According to the University of Chicago, 54 percent of American households owned guns in 1977 compared to just to 32 percent in 2010.

    Obviously, the American people are mad at government incompetence. They are fearful of increasing violence. They are concerned about their financial future. And they have lots of guns, some of which are semi-automatic guns that can spray dozens of rounds in a very short time frame.

    Meanwhile, the Federal government continues to provoke the national rage through aggressive and tyrannical acts of overreach.

    Last summer, shocking news broke that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had placed an order for hundreds of millions of hollow tipped bullets. For those unfamiliar with ammunition terminology, these are the kind of bullets that you buy when you want to kill with one shot. In fact, they are so deadly that they have been outlawed by the Geneva Convention for use in war.

    When you couple all of this information with the fact that the U.S. military has been engaging in an increasing number of military exercises in urban areas around the country, it can cause one to wonder.

    The American people are angry and feeling woefully unrepresented. Only 10% of the population has a favorable view of Congress. And the reigning government appears increasingly tyrannical and aloof as to the people’s concerns.

    Is it just me, or does this sound like it could be 1776 or 1861 all over again? Only this time, instead of muskets and blackpowder guns, the people are armed with semi-automatic weaponry.

    The economic crisis facing America only aggravates our current problems. When the inevitable austerity is imposed upon the American citizenry, how will they respond? Just think about how Americans have reacted in natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, or more recently, Hurricane Sandy. Also, consider the widespread protests that broke out across Europe when austerity measures were imposed.

    Fast forward 10-20 years into the future after the Federal government has completely destroyed the currency and has failed to keep its promises through its many entitlement benefits.

    Admittedly, it is hard to imagine such a scenario in our own country. But it has happened before. And if King Solomon’s wisdom is correct, it can likely happen again.

    Check out the infographic below which lays out some evidence on why another civil war could be in America’s future.

    Are We On the Eve of the Next Civil War?
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  • Jerry Robinson
    Jerry Robinson is the author of Bankruptcy of Our Nation: Your Financial Survival GuideIn 2010, Jerry created FTMDaily.com with a mission to wake up Americans and share with them the principles of true financial and spiritual liberty. Every Tuesday he hosts the FTMWeekly Radio, a podcast covering economic and geopolitical topics.Jerry has been blessed to be able to lecture around the globe on the topic of economic and geopolitical trends. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Tulsa and resides in the beautiful Ozark mountains with his beautiful wife and son. Jerry is a licensed life insurance agent. See more
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    • Legal Beagle


      Good article, although you (like MANY other writers have done) complete mis-state the “gun show loophole.”

      ANY federally licensed (FFL) dealer selling firearms at a gun show is required to perform a background check on a purchaser. There is no way in the world that 40% of all firearm sales are done person-to-person (private sales) at gun shows. That’s ludicrous. Anyone that believes that has never been to a gun show! (Or bought a gun at a gun show.)

      If you’re going to write on the subject, please do truth a favor and at least get the facts right.

      • http://ftmdaily.com Jerry Robinson

        Legal Beagle,

        Good point on the “non-licensed” vs. “Federally licensed.” I actually corrected the article to reflect that theme. Regarding the 40%: This is the percentage of guns sold at the nearly 5,000 gun shows by non-licensed gun dealers. (Thus, no background check required.) As a liberty lover and a realist, this is a sticky topic for me and I am sure many others. Thanks for speaking your mind.

        • Mark Are

          Since these are private sales that you are referring to at gun shows, how can ANY statistic be compiled? Does someone go around and ask and then sit there and figure out how many sales were through FFL dealers and how many took place FTF with other private sellers? Seriously? My estimate which is just as legitimate as yours since there is no way to know either way is 10%. Prove me wrong. You can’t any more than I can prove 40%.

    • grochef


      I appreciate your writing. Your series on the Petro-dollar was my first exposure to your writing and though I knew about it, you really brought it all together quite amazingly.

      This short article is very good as well. The list of things that have us upset is daunting. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the amount of corruption in the the corporate world and the corporate run government. It seems that every time I make a move to get ahead, something comes along and knocks me backward. Meanwhile, criminals like Corzine are able to steal over a billion dollars and walk away, even after going before Congress. Granted, they are all buddies.

      As for the economy, I keep thinking that the printing has to end. But, what is going to stop them? What’s to say that they can’t print to infinity? There is a finite amount of natural resources, but creating digital money has no limitation – one can always create another zero at the end of a long string.

      Have a safe 2013, sir.

      • http://ftmdaily.com Jerry Robinson

        Good point. It is a crazy world. Thanks for the feedback on the petrodollar article series. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it.

    • Scott Scholz

      “The American people are angry and feeling woefully unrepresented. Only 10% of the population has a favorable view of Congress. And the reigning government appears increasingly tyrannical and aloof as to the people’s concerns.”

      Maybe the American people should get a little angry with themselves. They overwhelmingly return the same clowns to Washington DC to run the circus. The elected officials must think they’re doing a fine job… they’re continually returned to office, after all. What else should they think?

      What’s that definition of insanity? …expecting a different result, but doing the same thing.

      Those who read your writings, Jerry, are engaged. But the majority of Americans are too intellectually flaccid, detached, lazy and disengaged. We can’t afford this apathy.

      Keep up the good work providing the quality information you do, so we can prepare ourselves and hopefully initiate the kinds of changes that eventually will allow us to reclaim our country. Maybe the next iteration.

      • http://ftmdaily.com Jerry Robinson

        Scott, the clever media creation of the right-left paradigm along with a general ignorance of history are also to blame. Thanks for the comments.

    • Mary Font

      Thanks for your insights Jerry. Your reasoning would lead me to the conclusion that civil war would be an option only if there was a viable government alternative to replace the one we currently have. Otherwise a coup would seem more realistic to me, as guerrilla warfare by citizens with AK-47’s would have to start with grass-roots groups, after Martial Law fails. What do you think?

      • http://ftmdaily.com Jerry Robinson

        Mary, my take is that the descent into chaos would come as a result of the “us vs. them” mentality that is pushed through the corporate-controlled media outlets. I haven’t taken the thought of guerilla warfare too far in my mind as this topic is tragic.

        • Mark Are

          “They”, (those in “power”) will last about 2 weeks if 100 million of us got pissed off enough to throw them out on their butts for the psychopathic reality show that they subject us to every day.

        • Junior Beauchamp

          If the dollar collapses, the federal government will not have the funds to fight a civil war.

    • RJ

      Social unrest leading to civil war is imminent.

      No society in history devalued their currency and survived. They collapsed, and more often than not, were conquered.

      A currency that is backed by nothing and produces nothing returns to its intrinsic value: Zero.

      Why has the governments purchased over 1.5 billion rounds of hollow point amunition, banned by the UN for use against other countries?

      Why do we increasingly see military excercises on our soil, in the guise of “overseas training”?

      Why are domestic drones, in ever increasing numbers, deployed without any legislative oversight?

      Why is the media so overtly controlled by the government/media complex, dumbing down the average person to the point of apathy.

    • Mark Are

      Why have the citizens purchased over 300 BILLON rounds of ammo and why can’t I find primers, bullets or powder ANYWHERE for sale? Because WE THE PEOPLE are arming up to put the psychopaths out to pasture ONCE AND FOR ALL.