Monday, April 22, 2024

Seems like we have seen this before


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History is not really a true account of the victories and defeats that actually happened but rather the sum total collection of the winner’s ideology. World War II was a bloody conflict that cost thousands upon thousands of lives but at the end of the day the Allied powers prevailed and got the opportunity to shape the narrative, write about what happened from their own perspective and voila, history. While certain negative events are chronicled, they are introduced and quickly dismissed in favor of more “positive” stories. Consider the allied bombings of civilian areas in Germany, the internment of American citizens of Japanese heritage or the atomic bombings of two cities in Japan. The victorious writers chronicle and then pivot to a “means to an end” mentality to explain away the horrible acts committed by the victors. What about the perspective of the losing party?

​At the time of this writing there is a “cold civil war” currently going on in the United States. It is a stretch to call ourselves the United States of America as we haven’t been united in a very long time. People are voting with their feet, separating themselves from places and ideologies that don’t agree with or cannot support. Slowly and methodically Americans are creating an “Us vs. Them” ideology that cannot possibly end well. People are fleeing high tax, high crime, low public service and lack luster schools in favor of what they view as a better life elsewhere with better opportunities. Add to all this migration the outright invasion of illegal aliens on our southern border, and you have a powder keg ready to explode that will fracture and destroy the very fabric of our country.

​The question will be, how will this time be written about 40, 50 or more years from now. Have you ever stopped to think about what the narrative would have been if Lee’s army had won, the Southern states gained diplomatic ties and been recognized by other countries as their own nation? You have got to believe the narrative would have been the successful defending of states’ rights from a tyrannical government that sought to completely upend the south’s way of life, the only way of life they knew.

Slavery was the symptom of which the disease itself was the state’s desire to govern themselves. This was challenged with over 600 thousand soldiers giving their lives to answer the question of how much power should the federal government have over the states to regulate and govern. Perhaps that is an oversimplification as there were many very complex issues surrounding the events of the civil war, but what have we been taught? The south was bad and wanted to enslave black people and the northern whites could not allow it so thus a war was fought. The white northerners are the liberators and the southern plantation owners are the enemies of freedom. That narrative of course could only be written by the victors and thus the true issues driving the civil war have not been addressed and continue to plague us to this day.

We are now in a battle over states’ rights to govern and defend themselves and as history has been known to repeat itself, the southern states are on the forefront of these issues again. The state of Texas, which has been forced to deal with the absolute failure of the current administration to deal with this invasion, has taken steps to secure and repel the invaders to which the federal government seems unable or unwilling to do. Long gone is the popular narrative of the 90’s when it was just poor migrants coming to the country from Mexico to “do the jobs Americans don’t want to do”. We are seeing invaders from over 100 different countries such as Syria, Iran, China, Iraq and Afghanistan seeking asylum and given passage to the interior of the US while they wait for their case to be heard in the immigration courts. Many of them pay exuberant fees to the cartels for safe passage to the border and are given laminated cards with exactly what to say from a legal perspective to claim asylum. Texas attempted to deal with it by installing buoys in the Rio Grande River and installed razor wire to corral the invaders to other legal points of entry.

Please don’t fall for the narrative that Texas is “stopping” the invasion. That is a spin narrative from a governor who is desperately seeking national attention. The failing GOP campaigns of DeSantis, Ramaswamy, Haley and others have not been able to effectively challenge and defeat Trump. I can see a potential path where if Trump does get convicted and the chumps who ran in the primary that couldn’t gain traction with GOP voters and people may ask then what? All of a sudden a“popular” 3 term Texas governor wheels across the stage as the dark horse candidate at the convention in Milwaukee with the spin story of how stable Texas is economically and how he was the one who “repelled the invaders” when no one else could or would. Could it happen? It could and it might.

As it stands now a group of 25 GOP governors have signed a letter supporting Abott and Texas’s “fight” against the invasion, sides are being chosen and much like 1861 we see the same cast of characters ready to step into the fray and pushing back against what they see as a feckless and incompetent federal government. Among the states pledging their support for Texas is Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and of course, South Carolina. Cross reference those states with civil war confederate states and it seems we are in the process of seeing an event that could tear the country apart. Add to it the states of Wyoming, Montana, The Dakotas, Nevada, Utah and Nebraska and soon you will be able to see the writing on the wall. Eleven states banded together to succeed over the core issue of states right to govern and protect their citizens, and at last count there are now 25 states committed to helping Texas defend itself.

​The question now becomes who wins and what will be the spin. Do the mostly southern and western states that have banded together carve out agreements and policies that usurp federal authority giving those states more power over their own borders and their own people? Or does the federal government impose its will, keeping the 25 “troublemakers” in line withSupreme court victories and penalties such as the current administration “pausing” of LNG expansion which many believe is retaliation against Texas and other southern states? American migration is already playing a huge role in the simmering build up to a possible civil war. If you have already cross referenced the states signed on to support Texas in their border fight and seen the connection to the Civil War as I have, then dig a little deeper and also note that those same states are seeing population increases as people flee failing “sanctuary cities and states”. The writing is on the wall.

​Who “wins” and how will our children’s children be taught about this time in our history years from now? The clock is ticking, and the government of this country has already demonstrated on more than one occasion over the last 200 plus years that it will do whatever necessary as a “means to an end” to keep itself in power. It truly seems like we have seen this before.

Mike Grajeda
Mike Grajeda is the founder and host of the Mike is Always Right Podcast, a conservative leaning podcast focused on local Wisconsin politics and national news headlines. Mike believes in limited, small government, the sanctity of life and the second amendment. Born and raised in Southern California, Mike's political views shifted after moving to Texas, the lone star state. Seeing firsthand how California government handouts and lack of accountability failed to empower its citizens, Texas' stance on taxation and less government oversight was a breath of fresh air. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Mike took to the air waves to shed light on the fake news era, the deterioration of our American freedoms and the steady march toward socialism. Having a strong understanding of national politics drives Mike's passion to bring a voice to local candidates and elections. The Mike is ALWAYS Right Podcast will always be free. conservative. talk.

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