President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call on May 25, 2018. In the video clip hopefully viewable above, CNN haughtily dismisses Trumps statement about the War of 1812 in which he asked about the Canucks, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” CNN says it was the British, but the answer is not that simple.
After Trump’s rhetorical question, I realized I knew next to nothing about the War of 1812. At the library I found an excellent book on the subject, published by Library Of America. The War Of 1812, edited by Donald R. Hickey, is a collection of original source material from those times. On page 54 of that volume there is a Report on the Baltimore Riots by the Maryland House of Delegates. Therein is described a violent attack on a newspaper, the Federalist Republican.
In 1812 there had been a bloody attack on an anti-war newspaper. And now a newspaper attack has happened again: On June 28, 2018 occurred the Full Moon Newspaper Shooting. Some outlets had reported the suspected shooter, Jarrod Ramos, might have damaged or altered his fingerprints. NPR now says such fingerprint modification reports were inaccurate. Police “used a facial recognition system to help confirm Ramos’ identity.” 
So there is some question at this point as to if Ramos is really Ramos.
There has been some talk lately about a “new Civil War” in the United States. With the surge in psychic disturbances this past week, coincident to the Full Moon of June 28th, such talk gains credence. In a way though, our first civil war was the Revolutionary War, with the population divided on the idea of seceding from Britain. The nation was again bitterly divided at the start of the War Of 1812, as witnessed by the Baltimore Riots and the vicious attack on the Federalist Republican newspaper.
Maybe it’s time for a new War Of 1812. In that war, we invaded Canada. Later, a movie, Canadian Bacon, ridiculed such an idea. But which is better? To be polarized and torn apart here in the USA, or to vent our inner angsts on convenient territory just to the north? The British military did burn down the White House, but they were allied with Canadian forces who thereby also must accept the blame.
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 “New Details Emerge About Deadly Shootings In Capital Gazette Newsroom”, by Bill Chappell. NPR (online), June 29, 2018. https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624700775/new-details-emerge-about-deadly-shootings-in-capital-gazette-newsroom