August 23rd, 2012
06:24 PM ET

Comments: Time for another Civil War? Or not? Readers debate disagreement

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. Here's some comments we noticed today.

The Civil War we read about in U.S. history books took place in the 1860s, but even today people are talking about the possibility of it happening again. A Lubbock County, Texas, judge named Tom Head stirred up controversy when he said the United States would enter such a civil war if Obama were re-elected. Texas Democrats are calling for his resignation. The story got more than 17,000 comments about political boundaries, and about what it means to disagree and fight.

Texas Democrats: Judge who said Obama could trigger civil war should resign

Does it matter who is president? (Putting aside views about what constitutes a "good president" for a moment.)

Picturamadoj: "If we didn't have a Civil War when Bush was in office, why would anyone think we'd have a Civil War with a good president like Obama?"

bhartman36: "We had a civil war when Abraham Lincoln was in office, too. The quality of the president has nothing to do with whether or not there's civil war."

Some readers griped about Republicans.

kkhjlh: "Talk about extreme politics. Does the Republican party really endorse this garbage? And they want to run the country."

But some blamed the president.

Jakerman: "Proof of how Obama has divided the country? Read the posts on here."

And a few others said maybe secession isn't such a bad idea.

RubinL: "So secede already! This time, not only won't we try to stop you, we'll even help you pack."

What do you think? Does the judge's commentary matter? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. dazzle ©

    @Gilbert, yes they are but what they do isn't legal. Half of what they sign off on is robo signers.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Yes we all KNOW. Some are just refusing to accept it.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ raven, yup dazzles correct again. If they dont like you how you are you dont need them in your life anyway!

    August 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Thanks chrissy and dazzle.I'm glad to know all my blog pals. Sometimes I glean some pretty profound thoughts and info here and I think I'm a better person for it. So, big ups and hugs to all the friends I've made here. I know its easy to dismiss this kind of relationship because its "just" the internet, but each of you are very real to me.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Glad to know you to, don't always agree with, change that I rarely agree with you but it sure beats arguing with myself.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    As are you raven along with banasy and chrissy. I've always felt that internet friendships and relationships are all about getting to know someone in reverse.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Word, ladies.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Christopher M Manny

    Civil war in the US? Never happen-the Union must persist. Texas would never survive as an independent state, nor would any other secessionary US state. This man is an idiot. However, that is not to say Obama isn't working to destroy the US from within. Obama's agenda is suceeding, only because HE is successfully employing a class-warfare divide and conquer strategy straight out of Marx's playbook.
    Obama and his MSNBC-myopic blue state Jacobin electorate WANT the US relegated to a debt-ridden, socialist state playing secondary-sovereign fiddle to the UN, BRIC states and Iran. However, this nonsensical secession rhetoric and recent fundamentalist anti-abortion proselytyzing is counter-productive to the anti-Obama cause.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      That is precisely what I have been telling people here for more than a year, but they are to busy drinking the koolad and locking the lies to listen.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. uhadit

    Civil War in Ugly Swines Of America wooooow the World would like to see the end of the World Terrorist Nation

    August 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    ty @ raven. And lmao @ Rascal, you sure have a knack for tickling the funny bone. But i think Judge Tom Head already self medicated before he opened his mouth. lol

    August 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    The Civil War happened because we were still a growing nation back then! We're fully formed & thriving, now, despite going thru some "changes", so I doubt we'd be willing to go war on our own soil, pitting Americans against one another again! I mean, we're fed up w/war, I thought! Leave it to some extremist GOTP judge from Texas (my home state), to open his mouth, insert ludicrous comment! There will Never be a "time for war" between Americans! Don't think it, wish it or speak it! We want peace, truth & justice for all, right!?

    August 24, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kenney

    @bannasyC you go if they dont like it they can beat it this is our home and we dont need another war on this land this is america and it fits many and others dont understand that we are the people to defend our land but not against its people some like wars but we dont

    August 24, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kenney

    @ fernace you are very right we dont need it here again but some speak of it and want it the comment was taken out of context . I think the judge was only using a scenario as in a just incase but wrong thing to say any thought should be kept put away cat should get his tongue lol

    August 24, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Raymond

    Read Thomas Jeffersons thoughts. Sadly, most Americans think that was a television show.
    History is a funny thing...for those that forget it ( or never learned it), it tends to repeat itself.
    I'll let you figure this one out, but please don't hurt yourself in the process;)

    August 24, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      already said it but they don't listen.

      August 24, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    There is not going to be a Civil War. Obama is not going to hand over power to the United Nations. Anyone who legitimately believes this paranoid rambling should seriously reconsider whether they have the mental wherewithal to actually vote in November.

    August 24, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      you are so wrong.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      Really, man he'll do anything the UN tells him to do. Ever heard of a one world order; he's under that control and if that's what they want him to do he will.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    This brings up an interesting theoretical future. This judge is from Texas, which makes the interesting case. Texas is the only state in the United States that has a choice when it can leave the nation. Because it was an independent nation, it has retained the right to revert back to the Republic of Texas. This could be a major problem for the rest of the nation. The oil refineries and drills in the Gulf of Mexico and around Texas belong to Texas. They are not owned by the United States. Texas is also the home of Dell Computers, the largest military installation (Fort Hood), and many other huge economic industries. If Texas were to leave, would the United States be able to survive without another "source" of oil? Would the United States invade another nation to reclaim what is theirs? If Texas chooses to leave, there isn't anything "political" the rest of the nation can do to stop them.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • rusty66

      Typical. As Rhett Butler famously said, "All (the South) has is cotton and arrogance."

      The heavy industry is still in the North, same as the 1860s; how many stealth bombers does Texas own? How many drones? How many nuclear bombs?

      Texas doesn't have the wherewithal to defend itself, much less mount an offensive against the blue states.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Um, no. There will not be another civil war in the USA. Observe...
    During the 1860s Americans weren't spending more on drugs than on national defense as is the case today. Americans, by-and-large, are obese and take lots of medications.
    Also, civil uprisings are very expensive. Our founding fathers had to borrow money from the Banc of France to finance the revolutionary war. Who on earth would loan a bunch of Americans (deep in debt) the funds to finace any kind of civil uprising in the US?
    Do you really think that China, GB, Ja pan, The Caymen Islands, etc (countries we owe trillions to) would loan you money to start bombing homes you still owe them money for?
    It is a romantic thought, this idea that the "brave" Americans would stand-up for what is good for America and take-up arms. But face it. As a peoples, we are just too broke, fat, lazy, stupid, and drugged, to actually form groups and have any kind of armed civil uprising.
    "If you Love what lady America has become, you never knew her at all."

    August 24, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      China doesn't care, they would be happy to lend us money, they'll just take it back in land and interest. They would probably lend money to both sides

      August 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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