Ed Driscoll

The Cold Civil War Heats Up

Jon Voight recently told an interviewer:

“There’s a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?” Mr. Voight tells Inside the Beltway.

“We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can’t see this is probably hoping it isn’t true. If we permit Mr. Obama to take over all our industries, if we permit him to raise our taxes to support unconstitutional causes, then we will be in default. This great America will become a paralyzed nation.”

“The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don’t want a government-run health care plan forced upon them,” Mr. Voight says. “So I ask again. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?”

Well, as Voight notes elsewhere during his interview, this is a president whose chief political influence viewed politics as an extension of warfare.  But while the Cold Civil War has definitely becoming hotter, it’s a tad overblown for Voight to use language that more directly infers the real thing of the 1860s. Or as Jimmie of the Sundries Shack adds in response to Voight’s comments:

I don’t think a genuine civil war is inevitable, no matter how hard the President pushes for New New Deal totalitarianism. I do think that, lacking a real release for the frustrations voters are feeling, the pressure will continue to build until it releases in 2010 and 2012. Those elections ought to be plenty interesting.

Read the whole thing, which also includes comments from Bruce of Gay Patriot on Voight’s rhetoric. And it’s also worth noting Gerard Vanderluen’s comment that the legacy media is where America chooses to fight whatever passes for its current civil war (which is nothing new in a sense — it was a chief battleground for the real Cold War, as well).  And they’re certainly acting more than a little scared of what the masses are saying these days.

As opposed to the refined, genteel rhetoric of the previous eight years.

(For our interviews with Voight, Robert Davi, and other principals behind An American Carol, click here for the edition of PJM Political recorded during the 2008 GOP convention.)

Update: “The Angry White Liberal —  He’s back,” Matthew Continetti writes at the Weekly Standard. Of course, even a cursory look through Zombietime’s archives over the last eight years is proof that he never went away.