There are certain precursors within our environs that almost invariably predict some kind of occurrence in the not-so-distant future.

For instance, there are those who believe (and I’m one of them) that a red sky in the evening means it will be followed by a clear, sunny day. Conversely, a red sky in the dawning hours of morning foretells of stormy weather that’s likely coming sometime later that same morning or afternoon.

Naturally there are rare exceptions to both of these hard and fast observations. But far more times than not, at least as far as I have witnessed in my lifetime, typically both are as true and certain as time and tide.

Depending on your point of view a red sky at night is a good consequence, with a red sky in the morning probably a bad consequence. The point is, we observe the precursor, whatever that might be and from wherever it might originate, and then sit back and wait for the associated event that more times than not always follows.

And we steadfastly do so, irrespective of whether it is a good or bad event that we are relatively certain is coming.

And, of course, another thing we understand is that these precursors, per se, don’t always have to do with the color of the sky or how black or how many stripes a wooly worm has at the end of summer, or, for that matter, any other predicting indicator we observe in nature.

Sometimes, quite often as a matter of fact, these forewarning pointers can come from us humans as well. If we see a masked individual, for instance, toting a gun hurriedly walking towards the entrance of a bank, we know with reasonable certainty that he’s probably not going inside to invite everyone to church next Sunday.

And when we see and hear too many of our national leaders agitate the masses to the point that the masses begin accepting the notion that we as a nation are so polarized these days that we make antebellum North and South look like the pillars of cooperation, it doesn’t take an unreasonable leap of faith to believe something unimaginable, something bordering civil war-like, lurks in our future.

I realize both sides have been guilty of spewing the irresponsible rhetoric, some being worse than others, and some being just vague enough that what’s been said could easily be defended as having been metaphoric in nature or even having been contextually twisted by the enemy just to suit his/her own agenda.

Let’s do this. Since the election is only a week or so removed and still on the minds of most everyone, and since the following imprecise rhetoric was made by a certain national leader just days prior to the election, and since it’s one of those statements you can’t quite put a finger on and get a pulse for its true meaning, why don’t we throw this one out and see where it lands.

The statement was made by Nancy Pelosi, currently the House minority leader but soon-to-be the House majority leader. Pelosi, who is from the state of California, said what she said during an interview with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

In case you’ve never heard of Krugman, well, I understand he won a Nobel Prize for his “economic genius,” among other things predicting that Trump’s winning the presidency in 2016 would result in a worldwide economic recession, “with no end in sight.” (I wanted to be fair to Krugman, so I searched deep into memory bank. But try as I may, I just couldn’t remember any of that happening. But I digress.)

In her of-late incoherent fashion, Pelosi shared the following insight:

“We have to have total clarity about what we do, when it comes to everything—a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage…whether it’s about immigration, whether it’s about gun safety, whether it’s about climate…I think that we owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it…”

Your guess is as good as mine as to precisely what Pelosi meant by “collateral damage for some others who do not share our view.”

But again, it doesn’t take a great leap of faith to at least assume that these “others” mentioned very likely are not Democrats like herself and therefore exempted from the warning.

Considering radical colleagues like Maxine Waters have openly and on various occasions incited fellow devoted Leftist comrades-in-arms to threaten people with bodily harm (see ANTIFA thugs last week attacking Fox journalist Tucker Carson’s home) for refusing to fully embrace the Democrats’ liberal agenda, well, I’d just have to conclude whoever these others might be, at a minimum, they have to be in the opposition camp.

Ergo, very possibly the true meaning behind Pelosi’s vague but still-threatening collateral damage reference.

Granted, Pelosi’s rhetoric, as well as similar statements made by pot-stirrers like her, might not be the prelude to another civil war in this country.

But you’ll have to admit, if clear sunny days or their dismal stormy counterparts can be foretold by the timing of a red sky, or a wooly worm’s striping or color can actually foretell a mild or severe winter, well, I suppose nothing can or should be ruled out.

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