These crazed American “patriots” who are so desperate now for some type of civil war are always repeating Thomas Jefferson’s 18th century slogan “ The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” When they are all dead, their bodies bloated in the hot sun, THAT tree “will be happy”...and “feel lightness in its limbs again...”
But I don't know about all these others, these people who simply want to stand apart from everyone else to prove something about their personal group identity.
They certainly have some justification at the moment, their group having been abused, even murdered for centuries in some cases. But to turn their backs even on their allies in order to segregate themselves makes no sense to me; to claim abuse and offense even to be in the presence of the image of something that has abused their ancestors in the past...
As someone who shares a similar past, I simply don’t understand it. There comes a time when you have to heal and move forward or the gap you leave between yourself and The Other becomes filled with an Evil and whomever wishes to place it there certainly will. This is how authoritarianism comes to power. This is how the end arrives.