I was reading a post on liberal incivility in social settings at the blog Legal Insurrection by Professor William Jacobson who indicated that he is not going to put up with it anymore. I think that is a fine resolution, but I was struck by this comment in the com boxes:
Some time ago, on another site, I created a term for them. TWANLOC. Those Who Are No Longer Our Countrymen. We do not speak the same language. We do not share a common history. We have diametrically opposite world views. We do not share a common culture. They hate us with a fervor that is literally religious. We share a common piece of territory, but they literally hate that territory. We are not of the same nation. History shows what happens when people that different and hostile are not allowed to separate peacefully.
I tend to be an optimist by nature, but lately, especially with the use of government against conservatives, as typified in the IRS scandal, I am beginning to wonder if “this is not going to end well.” My brain continues to tell me that American politics has always been rough, that we are nowhere near the conditions that led to the Civil War, and the habits of a very long domestic peace will keep the country from going off a very violent cliff. However, my heart is beginning to wonder.
What say you?