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A Country Divided: Our National ‘Cold Civil War’

Posted December 3, 2018, 9:47 am

Battle_of_Spottsylvania_by_Thure_de_ThulstrupIt will come as no surprise when I express that all is not well in American politics.  We are a nation not just divided but increasingly polarized.  What is driving the polarization and what possible outcomes of our current circumstance await us?  I will examine these issues in two parts.

This nation is no longer politically defined by simple party designation.  The divide is much more fundamental and while the differentiation is termed Republican and Democrat, the divide is actually one of core philosophy.  The divide is so deep that it has been described as a “Cold Civil War”.

The motive force of our Cold Civil War is that America is increasingly polarized by two diametric views of the Constitution.  Charles Kesler, of Claremont McKenna College, spoke eloquently of this situation in a lecture earlier this year and I will elaborate on some of his thoughts.

Political science, if such really exists, postulates two types of politics: normal politics and regime politics:  Normal Politics is generally what we have known since this nation’s founding and happens within the confines of the Constitution and traditional politics.  The defining characteristic is that it is focused on means and not ends.  In normal politics, national objectives are more or less agreed upon and the discussion is about how best to get there.  Regime politics is about the ends, who rules and who has power.  Means to an end versus ends justifying the means.

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Election Cycle political  donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.


Price Club/ Costco donated $225K
99% went to Democrats

Rite Aid donated $517K
60% went to Democrats

Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr Clean) donated $22K
100% went to Democrats

Warnaco (undergarments) donated $55K
73% went to Democrats

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia donated $153K
99% went to Democrats

Estee Lauder donated $448K
95% went to Democrats

Guess, Inc. Donated $145K
98% went to Democrats

Calvin Klein donated $78K
100% went to Democrats

Liz Claiborne, Inc. Donated $34K
97% went to Democrats

Levi Straus donated $26K
97% went to Democrats

Olan Mills donated $175K
99% went to Democrats

Wal-Mart donated $467K
97% went to Republicans

K-Mart donated $524K
86% went to Republicans

Home Depot donated $298K
89% went to Republicans

Target donated $226K
70% went to Republicans

Circuit City Stores donated $261K
95% went to Republicans

3M Co. Donated $281K
87% went to Republicans

Hallmark Cards donated $319K
92% went to Republicans

Amway donated $391K
100% Republicans

Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures) donated $283K
100% Republicans

B.F. Goodrich (tires) donated $215K
97% went to Republicans

Proctor & Gamble donated $243K
79% went to Republicans


Southern Wine & Spirits donated $213K
73% went to Democrats

Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (incl. Beverage Business and considerable media interests) donated $2M+
67% went to Democrats

Gallo Winery donated $337K
95% went to Democrats

Coors & Budweiser donated $174K
92% went to Republicans

Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel Wines, Lenox China, Dansk and Gorham Silver) donated $644 K
80% went to Republicans


Sonic Corporation donated $83K
98% went to Democrats

Triarc Companies (Arby’s, T.J Cinnamon’s, Pasta Connections) donated $112K
96% went to Democrats

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (chicken) donated $366K
100% went to Republicans

Outback Steakhouse donated $641K
95% went to Republicans

Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) donated $133K
87% went to Republicans

Brinker International (Maggiano’s, Brinker Cafe, Chili’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel’s, Corner Baker, EatZis) donated $242K
83% went to Republicans

Waffle House donated $279K
100% went to Republicans

McDonald’s Corp. Donated $197K
86% went to Republicans

Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze) donated $121K
89% went to Republicans

Republicans $64,000
Democrats $21,300!
John Kerry’s wife’s company!

Traveling and/or Dining

Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which
80% went to Democrats

Marriott International $323K
81% went to Republicans

Holiday Inns donated $38K
71% went to Republicans