Wisdom from the noted investor Ray Dalio. I am not optimistic, but remain hopeful.
"Back in February, I said I wanted a president who could “bring together our country to face our challenges in a more united and less divisive way.” I wanted someone who would unite people – i.e. who does not view themselves as the leader of the winning side imposing policies the other side would find intolerable. I believe we are on the brink of a terrible civil war (as I described in The Changing World Order series), where we are at an inflection point between entering a type of hell of fighting or pulling back to work together for peace and prosperity that addresses the big wealth, values, and opportunity gaps we’re now seeing. For that reason I was thrilled to hear what President Biden said at his inauguration. It is consistent with the direction history has shown the country needs to move in. Now the question is whether the president and both parties will bring that about. Good words and spirit aren’t enough. People will have to agree on both how to grow the pie and how to divide it well. That will require revolutionary change. Doing it peacefully requires both bipartisanship and skill. It won’t be easy. Our country is still in a terrible financial state and terribly divided. I will monitor how those good intentions are turning into good actions and keep you posted."
To be clear, anyone thinking that it's Gods will that they control the government is anti-American and holds an opinion contradictory to both the Constitution specifically and democracy in general.
If there's a civil war then future arguments, if there's a future, will be whether the 2nd American Civil war was caused by massive income inequality between rich and poor, or because the religious people were entitled enough to assume that God supported their agenda.
Both blow but the religious argument is altogether inadequate to justify Trump much less a civil war.
Religious people should be suffering a great deal of shame and introspection, not that I've ever seen them give in to such human emotions regardless of how stupid one has to be to experience such stubbornness.
To fix it, fix income inequality:
Since 1978, CEO compensation rose 1,007.5% for CEOs, compared with 11.9% for average workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
In comparative terms, CEOs now make 278 times the average worker.
That’s up from 58 times in 1989 and 20 times in 1965.
Fix that and our stressed population won't consume itself like stressed rats.