While the weeks since the presidential inauguration have been flooded with protests and calls of action, the latest outcry has not come from liberal millennials or any minority. Instead, country icon and staunch Republican Charlie Daniels took to the media to express what he sees wrong with how the country is handling its opposition.
In a thoughtful and balanced open letter published by CNS News, the right-leaning sector of the Media Research Center, Daniels compares the current state of the union to the Civil War more than 150 years ago.
“Surely, had it been approached by fair, level-headed men on both sides of the issue, abolition could have been achieved without war,” Daniels wrote. “But the rhetoric grew ever hotter. Brash young men on both sides, who had never fired a gun in anger, viewed a war as the pinnacle of romanticism, and implacable politicians refused to give an inch.”
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With this in mind, Daniels drew parallels between the actions of antebellum United States and demonstrators in Trump’s America. And after expressing frustration with “hysterical protestors” on both sides who seem to be evoking unsolicited violence without truly knowing what they stand for, he warned that if the radical nature of today’s protests doesn’t stop, “it’s only a matter of time before there will be blood on the streets.”
While Daniels asserted he respects the right to demonstrate, but he said there is no reason for violence or destruction of property.
The singer-songwriter urges America to learn from its past mistakes, or be prepared for another Civil War in a country divided.
Read the full essay here