We ARE in a civil war, mostly bloodless, but a Civil War at that.
I got this in email from Pastor David Jeremiah just this morning:
Elections can send us into mass panic. When competing candidates or philosophies are vying for control of a city, state, province, or nation, it creates a widespread sense of uncertainty and trepidation. But nothing should distress the believer. God controls the events of history. He makes short work of evildoers, and He tells us to fret not.
I generally try to restrain myself from political discussions for several reasons.
1.) They ALL are going to screw you, just depends on which way...
2.) The average intellect has dropped precipitously, so its tough to imagine an intelligent ending to any election.
3.) As a country, we've passed the average life expectancy of a represenative democracy. (Which is both a commendation and a condemnation of our current situation...)
4.) The polar ends of the political spectrum have all of the media's attention, so rational media coverage is long gone (if it ever existed at all ).
5.) The "moderate middle" of politics seems to have disappeared, resulting in a non-negotiable stalemate. Nothing productive gets done, and the end result is more mindless nonsense for new bills and laws. These ultimately do nothing more than add red tape to an already convoluted mess.
I don't know whats next, but quite frankly, I hope I don't have to deal with it...