🇺🇸 Drumbeat
January 13, 2022

Good morning, and happy Thursday! Recently deceased, beloved actress Betty White was an animal lover and always advocated for their rights. Now, a Wisconsin brewery that sells a beer named "Blonde Betty" in her honor is donating proceeds to local shelters as a tribute.

Plus, in a highly experimental medical first, a Maryland man had a pig heart transplanted into his chest. The organ was genetically modified, which doctors hope will prevent his body from rejecting it.

Flag Polls


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D 1/12: Generic Congress Vote, Economist/YouGov Republicans 37,
Democrats 42
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 1/12: Direction of Country, Economist/YouGov Right Track 30,
Wrong Track 60

Trending On The Left


New York Times: Trump Ends NPR Interview After Challenges to False Fraud Claim

Washington Post: GA Senate candidate promoted a ‘mist’ to ‘kill any covid on your body’

Huff Post: FL Republicans Propose 15-Week Abortion Ban With No Exceptions For Rape Or Incest

Daily Beast: Trump Roasts ‘Gutless’ DeSantis for Keeping His Booster Status a Secret

Trending On The Right


Daily Wire: Tucker Carlson Denounces Anthony Fauci: ‘Filthy Little Demagogue’

Fox NewsBiden's performance criticized, questioned over decision to prioritize race for COVID drugs

The BlazeLiberal media silent on Biden admin letter describing parents as domestic terrorists

Washington Examiner: Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reports massive 2021 fundraising haul

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POLITICS

Drumbeat

Over the past few weeks, it’s been difficult to ignore repeated mentions of potential civil war when reading about January 6th, proposed voting rights legislation, and politics in general.

From The Left: ”Not long ago, the idea of another American Civil War seemed outlandish. These days, the notion has not only gone mainstream, it seems to suddenly be everywhere.” (NPR)

From The Right: "President Biden asked senators on Tuesday if they were 'on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?' … Biden used the reference during a fiery speech in Atlanta, encouraging Democrats to go around the filibuster to pass federal voting rights legislation." (Fox News)

From The Flag: Here’s what both sides are saying about the ratcheting up of partisan rhetoric.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Clear Concern And Sounding The Alarm


Left-leaning commentators seem to believe the growing partisan divide is on par with the pre-Civil War period and potentially even more significant. While allowing for obvious differences with regard to outright violence and the issue of slavery, many point to steep disagreements over topics like abortion and election integrity—arguing conditions are ripe for civil conflict.

“We’re Edging Closer to Civil War” Charles Blow, The New York Times op-ed: "I see too many uneasy parallels between what was happening nearly 200 years ago and what is happening now. I see this country on the verge of another civil war ... There are enormous, obvious differences, of course. The civil war I see is not the kind that would leave hundreds of thousands of young men dead in combat. That is not to say that we aren’t seeing spates of violence but rather that this new war will be fought in courts, statehouses, and ballot boxes, rather than in the fields. And this war won’t be only about the subjugation of Black people but also about the subjugation of all who challenge the white racist patriarchy."

"Even Canadians fear US democracy could end soon" Dean Obeidallah, CNN: "When Canadians start to counsel one another on the threat posed to American democracy, you know we're in a dire position. This is not about scoring political points; rather, it emanates from a place of sincere concern for their own nation. It's a sobering reminder that if our democratic republic ends it will have repercussions not just for our nation but the world -- from bolstering autocratic leaders, such as the type that former President Donald Trump had praised, to undermining Western democracies. There's been a lot of talk lately by American leaders on the threat posed to our democracy by today's GOP ... But there's something deeply compelling about reading the words of Canadians who have no skin in the game of American politics to offer such blunt words and warnings about the red flags they are seeing."

"Is a Civil War Ahead?" David Remnick, The New Yorker: "The edifice of American exceptionalism has always wobbled on a shoddy foundation of self-delusion, and yet most Americans have readily accepted the commonplace [belief] that the United States is the world’s oldest continuous democracy. That serene assertion has now collapsed." Keep reading.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Batting Away Civil War Talk, Noting Flagrance


Commentary from the right argues Democrats are trying to scare people with this type of talk, adding they’ve already launched a “culture war” by framing nearly every debate with allegations of racism or xenophobia. Further, some claim the left’s “Big Lie” argument is hypocritical, as many Democrats routinely argued President Trump’s election was illegitimate due to Russian influence.

"Democrats are trying to scare America over a civil war they're trying to start" Jazz Shaw, Hot Air: "So how much of this is real and how much of it is being manufactured by Democrats and their liberal media stenographers to counter the slide they are taking in the polls this year? ... is there a new ‘civil war’ coming between the conservatives and the woke? If you only define it as armies of self-described patriots on either side wearing red or blue uniforms and taking to the field, almost certainly not. The country isn’t divided along neat enough geographic lines and there is no formal support for such activity inside of government at the state or even local level. But if you mean dangerous violence in the streets between bands of ideologically opposed people that will disrupt normal governmental order and law enforcement, then the civil war has basically already started."

"Let’s Not Invent a Civil War" Ross Douthat, The New York Times Opinion: "Overall, the academic and journalistic literature on America’s divisions offers a reasonably accurate description of increasing American division. The country is definitely more ideologically polarized than it was 20 or 40 years ago; indeed, with organized Christianity’s decline, you could say that it’s more metaphysically polarized as well. We are more likely to hate and fear members of the rival party, more likely to sort ourselves into ideologically homogeneous communities, more likely to be deeply skeptical about public institutions and more likely to hold conspiratorial beliefs — like the belief that Joe Biden and the Democrats stole the 2020 election — that undercut the basic legitimacy of the opposition party’s governance. At the same time, the literature suffers from a serious liberal-bias problem, a consistent naïveté about the left and center’s roles in deepening polarization."

"Sorry, Democrats: Civil War isn’t likely — even if you’re trying to provoke one" Steven F. Hayward, New York Post op-ed: "The hysteria among Democrats over the shambolic riot at the Capitol a year ago reveals not only the hypocrisy of the left but also its deep insecurity, ideological hollowness, and what psychologists call 'projection,' that is, attributing to others what is going on in your own mind." Keep reading.

FLAG THIS

Fears Of Political Instability


So, do Americans expect a civil war in the near future? "In a sharply divided country, Americans agree on this: the bigger danger to the United States comes from within. Seventy-six percent say they think political instability within the country is a bigger danger to the United States compared to the 19 percent who think other countries that are adversaries of the United States are the bigger danger, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll of adults released yesterday." (Quinnipiac)

Meanwhile, over half of all young Americans say the nation's democracy is in peril, with more than 30% expecting a second US Civil War in their lifetime (Harvard Youth Poll).

Flag Polls: How does all this civil war talk make you feel? Share your thoughts here.

US & WORLD

Inflation Nation, Army Bonuses, Boris Says Sorry

AP: Inflation jumped at its fastest pace in nearly 40 years last month, a 7% spike from a year earlier.

Fox News: The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent a letter Wednesday requesting a voluntary interview with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Reuters: Oil prices that rallied 50% in 2021 will power further ahead this year, some analysts predict, saying a lack of production capacity and limited investment in the sector could lift crude to $90 or even above $100 a barrel.

NYP: The Canadian province of Quebec has announced that it will impose a new “health contribution” tax on people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Mirror: A pensioner illegally booked himself in for 12 Covid jabs in less than a year before he was caught by cops in India.

AP: The US Army, for the first time, is offering a maximum enlistment bonus of $50,000 to highly skilled recruits who join for six years, as the service struggles to lure soldiers into certain critical jobs amid the continuing pandemic.

T&P: Speaking of which, a Kentucky judge this month gave a man charged convicted of sexual assault a perplexing choice: join the military or go to jail.

CNN: A federal judge in New York on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Prince Andrew filed by Virginia Giuffre, a woman who alleges she was sexually trafficked to the royal when she was underage.

NYT: Facing a potentially lethal threat to his leadership, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Wednesday offered a contrite apology in Parliament for attending a Downing Street garden party while his country was under a strict coronavirus lockdown.

WATERCOOLER

First Black Cabinet Member, Two Sleeps, Missing Remote

On January 13, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints the first African American cabinet member, making Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Above is the official portrait of Secretary Weaver.

BBC: The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps'

PSYCHE: How to make a difficult decision

Popular MechanicsCrows Are Self-Aware and 'Know What They Know,' Just Like Humans

Today I Learned a bridge in Ireland that was designed to swing open for ships couldn't be opened for four years because someone lost the remote control.

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