I doubt that many people foresaw the American Civil War in the 19th century. People who were close to the political issues of the day may have thought that there were antagonisms brewing that, if left unresolved, could have lead to violence of some kind and to some degree. But, I doubt that the war between the states would have been anticipated on the scale that eventually erupted.
The reason I bring this up is that there are some on the right who, after Obama’s election, are now anticipating a second civil war, something that might break out soon. The basis for this speculation is not, apparently, because people think there is some animosity about race that people are ignoring. Granted, there do exist great issues about race in the United States that are unacknowledged and left to fester. But, that is not why these people are speculating about warfare breaking out within our borders pitting Americans against each other.
From listening to them, the problem is represented by President Obama, but, it is not his race that is the problem. For the right-wingers who worry about this, the President represents a vast and powerful left-wing effort to ruin the country for it’s own nefarious purposes. Given the power that Obama and his leftish allies now wield, for these right-wingers, the only way to save the country is open violent revolt.
One might point out that the population at large is in no position to come to the aid of the country. The population itself is divided. The population would be no match, according to the right-wingers, for the military might that the left-wing could throw in against it.
The only saviors that stand ready to wrest the levers of power away from these left-wing usurpers is the American military. The scenario, I suspect, would proceed much as recently occurred in Honduras where the elected President and his administration was escorted out of the country in order, so the coup leaders said, that the Honduran democracy would be preserved. Apparently, there were many powerful but frightened individuals in Honduras who thought that their freedoms were being endangered by their own left-wing conspiracy.