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Regarding the Civil War stuff, I don't see it happening in any way, shape or form. As worked up as many people get over this stuff, regardless of political preference and orientation, the number of people who actually go beyond words to action beyond the boundaries of the law and convention behavior is extremely low. Certainly there will be some opportunists who take to the streets to riot and loot or to hold rallies. However, most people have too much to lose to bother with that.
People have mortgages, jobs, kids with soccer practice, and things they do for fun like watching football, playing video games, going camping or whatever. Whether a liberal who'd get upset over Trump getting another term or a conservative who'd get angry over Biden winning, the overwhelming majority of people have an off switch and an obligation to their daily lives.
Look at late 1960s for a comparison. Some normal citizens and hippy/counterculture types alike were just certain a revolution was coming. What happened? When the Weathermen called for a massing of people to protest and riot in October of 1969 in Chicago while the Chicago 8/Chicago 7 trial was in progress, instead of thousands upon thousands as was the case a year earlier during the Democratic National Convention, a grand total of 800 people turned up. They were routed by the police and the local Black Panthers made a point of essentially calling them idiots in the process of saying they were sitting this one out. There certainly were bombings and groups shooting it out with the police in various cities, but the fact is that nothing that would constitute a revolutionary or civil war type disturbance happened.
What have we seen this time, so far? There have been riots and some nutjobs in Michigan, who in no way qualify as members of normal society based on their background, came up with a plan to take out the Governor that was amateur hour to the level that the operation was easily investigated and infiltrated by the FBI, leading to arrests before anything serious came close to occurring.
People will be mad. There will be incidents committed by people who will turn out to have some sort of greater personal issue, but no civil war. In fact, if Biden wins, I predict things will cool out a bit because at that point whoever becomes the face of the Republicans will be a normal politician rather than Trump.
People have had the same in other countries that exploded into war and unrest. Not saying it will happen now or in the next 2 years but it will happen 1 day.
I see your point, but counter with the idea that most people here, even people we consider working poor, have a standard of living that exceeds a large part of the world. The average citizen has too much to lose by engaging in such activity. Young people, while more politicized perhaps than in many recent years, are not generally active to the extent seen in nations where civil wars occur. The divisions are mainly political, a circumstance in which affiliation or membership tends to float, even if it is very gradual. The military is also not politicized, which isn't to say the soldiers and officers don't have political opinions, but rather that the military has no institutionalized role in the political process. I disagree strongly with the notion that any sort of civil war is imminent now or within coming decades. Contrary to how it might seem, we aren't even in a 1965 to 1972 level of political division.