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 Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

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  1. Philip

    Yes. The long long long long term side-effects of a nation spending trillions of dollars on drugs is a nation full of minds that have been mind-altering drugs.
    That's why we call them "burned-out hippies". They took so many pain killers and antidepressants their brains dimmed like a lightbulb.
    Clap-on, Clap off. America is and will be weaned off of dangerous drugs, both street and pharmakia. You WILL know the truth, and go from there. Where you go will be a decision you make w/o being doped.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Paul 7:11. What a crock. Texas was nothing more than a vassal state of Mexico...a bunch of greedy landgrabbers that thought Uncle Sam would have their backs if they tried to reneg on paying taxes and surcharges to Mexico.
    And Texas is already turning back into Mexico anyway. Half can barely speak broken english, and the other half (East of Texas' infamous 'Wall of Ignorance') are so bigoted and ignorant, one would need a drawl decription device to understand a word they said.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      You think the east doesn't know that, we learn it in school

      August 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    ...not to mention Texas land owned by the US Government. As well as Texas properties and businesses owned by the federal reserve.
    It is a romantic thought this, a nation of Texas. But face it. Texans, by-and-large, are either illegal immigrants or ignorant Texans. 🙂

    August 24, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      Yes in some ways that is true, but if any state could do it Texas would be that state.

      August 26, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. New Republic o' Texas

    "Yeap. [chaw chaw] I reckon it be abaout time we all sayceded" said Slim to his fella Pokey. Log-Cabin Repuplicans from The Great State o' Texas. (lmao)
    Need i continue. (lmao)

    August 24, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pokey

    We're going to rebel? Omg! What am I going to wear!?

    August 24, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • rusty66

      Boots look kind of outre with a little black dress and a string of pearls.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    Hey you extremist,mostly republicans,hypocrites as well,we are the United Nations,get it!!We are the one nation,BIG BROTHER that everyone goes to for advise,help in curbing different issues world wide..We are the military bully that makes countries sweat,right,remember the word sanctions!!.Did we put troops down in Libya,no and we helped their citizens flush out Gaddafi didn't we with minimal involvement ?This radical judge should be sent out to pasture literally,he's an elected official and should pay for his getting people riled up with this ignorent statement.Texas raises ignorence besides biggotry anyway,so its nothing new in that neck of the desert,just ask Perry and his signature N word on his hunting camps landmark,how original like he didn't think someone might take a pic of it one day for a joke,but that's your republicans ignorence as a whole and racist as well!!

    August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Shutup, your guilty conscience is showing. It os yoir president, Obama who is a radical, gets all his ideas straight out of the book Rules for Radicals. It is your vice president who make racist references to putting people in chains. Obama has massively expanded the welfare society, think about it if someone else pays your rent you have to live by their rule.

      August 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonya

      Exactly, Hamsta. If someone else pays your bills, its their rules. When did we become an idiot nation who sits back and lets the government tell us what to do and in other countries they throw the leader out? This is MY country. Not Obama's or the U.N.'s They can keep their money. Id rather be poor and free.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Doc

    Who cares what some yokel judge in Texas thinks? This isn't The Supreme Court or anything, people.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    @Paul. So, Since Texas was once a republic, it retains the right to revert to being one again? How would that excuse work any differently now, as opposed to 1861? Come on, learn your U.S. history!

    August 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    This judge needs to be committed. Ignorance and hatred bordering on criminal insanity and paranoia.
    The disturbing part is the support he is getting from the community that suffers from the same affliction in Texas.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Glasses off, rather. Blind flagwavers.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    good morning
    Its pitiful. Folks here still like to believe that we start and prosecute wars, bomb, invade and occupy lands where we have no business to be, 'cause of the milk of human kindness running thru our angelic

    August 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Howdy@saywhat. Yep. Pitiful. Forgive them for they only know what major media tells them to know. 🙂
    hEy. Did you catch the piece i wrote about the Rothchild's donating the 1992 Israel supreme court complex to Israel? I wrote it yesterday.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Missed that one @Philip.Which thread was that?

    August 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @saywhat. It's on the Gambia blog.
    My premise is that Israel is led by men whom mislead jews, incl. German Rothchilds...greedy bankers just like the ones Jesus took a whip to at the Temple. I understand that the US will turn on Israel just as Rome did circa 70CE. (sounds crazy, but give it some thought)

    August 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*Lance D.

    Hey yawl! Let's do it for Texass!

    August 25, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
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