There have been no shortage of stories in recent months of American compatriots lashing out at one another over political beliefs in a rabble rousing not seen in perhaps 160 years.
The idea of a “New Civil War” has already been cultivated by the mainstream media, whose coverage would be lucrative to say the least. At this point, it is difficult to tell how much of this rage is truly unkempt and bursting from the seams of otherwise decent Americans, and how much of this rage is manufactured. Are these echoes of the last great anger? Or is this a fresh Hell, about to be unleashed upon us all?
In either case, the American Dream dies a slow death each and every time we have to report on incidents such as this:
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A Union Mine High School student is facing battery charges after an altercation in her classroom over a Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” campaign hat.
Cellphone video shows some of the tension inside this high school classroom.
The teacher is seen trying to subdue fired-up 17-year-old senior Jo-Ann Butler after she became enraged at a classmate for wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat.
She grabbed the hat off his head.
“That’s a racist and hateful symbol,” Butler said.
She is now facing two counts of battery, one against her classmate and one against her teacher who deputies say she slapped, as he escorted her from the room.
This is far from the first time that the MAGA hat has been the lightning rod for vengeful spite, anger, and other deadly sins.
Just months ago, a man was refused service at a bar in Manhattan due to his own red ball cap, sporting the President’s signature slogan, in a case that redefined the idea of segregation in America.