There have always been political divides in this country, but how did it happen that the "extremes" seem to have taken over public consciousness, to the point where lines have been drawn so permanently, with each sides' followers so deeply entrenched, and with any kind of compromise not even being in the realm of possibility? You can't deny it--this is where we are in America today. I have quite honestly never seen anything like this. I have never seen the United States so divided like this. How did things get this far? In the 1990s, I remember Republicans used to complain about Bill Clinton, but I don't remember anyone actually having any "hate" towards him, until the Monica Lewinsky thing broke, and at that point, I think most people just hated hearing about it every single day. People were anxious to move on, and I remember George W. Bush saying that he'd "restore dignity to the office of the Presidency." People just wanted to move on. I think that's a big reason why Bush won. But then 9/11 happened and the world became a much darker place. As the years rolled along, it seemed less and less likely Iraq had anything to do with the bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and "the war on terror" was starting to look a lot like the "war on drugs" which, of course, is an unwinnable "war" because the enemy is everywhere faceless. After America slowly realized that 9/11 wasn't exactly a new Pearl Harbor because no particular nation state took responsibility as a belligerent act of war (as the Empire of Japan had done during World War II), and after it was fairly well understood that we weren't going into a new, officially-declared World War after the largest "foreign" attack on American soil in history, people began waking up. I mean, think about it. If something like 9/11 can't spark a World War, what can? America, I thought, had really started to wake up around 2007-2008. The film Zeitgeist had just been released, and finally some of the pieces started coming together for a lot of people. At the same time, we were in the midst of one of the darkest economic crises in American history, Dr. Ron Paul was running an explosive libertarian presidential campaign, and for the first time ever, I was beginning to hear people in the street talk about the hopelessness of the two-party scam and how "divide and conquer" was the psy-op being used against the American people. So many truth bombs, so little time! I remember thinking, this is it: America is standing on the verge of a new spiritual and intellectual renaissance. The Internet had been spreading the message far and wide, and it was only a matter of time before the whole world would awaken to what I thought would ostensibly be a new, smarter, and better world. So, ten years later, what the hell happened? Not only have people NOT rejected the left/right paradigm, they've actually fortified their positions behind the right and left lines. I don't even really hear about any moderates or independents these days. Today, you're either classified as a hardcore, radical communist on the left or a racist Trump supporter on the right, with absolutely no middle ground. I think there are several reasons for this. First of all, things in America are not good, especially economically. People are not happy, left and right included. The poor are TOO poor and the middle class is being wiped out in order to raise the standard of living for the poor. Working class people are resentful because they are spinning their wheels and aren't getting anywhere, while they watch a family of illegal immigrants down the street living luxuriously. It is nearly impossible for working class people to raise a family--debt-free--in a comfortable suburban home AND be able to save money for a rainy day. This just doesn't happen in America anymore, even with both parents working. People are tired, overworked, angry, but they don't know how or why their lives have degenerated in the way they have. They don't know who to blame. On top of all of this, much of America is spiritually and intellectually dead. People are either unaware or indifferent about the costs in blood that were required to create and maintain this country and our freedoms. And when people become complacent, destruction is near. When most people think of socialism, they think "free money" and have no idea in the world that "free money" means dismantling the freedoms and rights guaranteed by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Why? Because reading, studying and understanding takes a lot of work and, well, "free money" seems to be the easier way out. Finally, stupid people love the TV, and with the help of the media pushing the "free money" scam, the message is broadcast far and wide. The people falling in love with socialism have no idea of the dark intentions that the engineers of this plan actually have for the world. And even if they did, I wonder, would they even care? But then, how could a plan to make everyone "equal" possibly be bad? To anwer that question, I would only ask you to re-read the Declaration of Independence, particularly the "equality" part. It says, "all men are CREATED equal," not "all men ARE equal." Yes, we are all equally human. We all bask in the same warmth and light of sun and we all breathe the same air. We should all have equal opportunity and potential, but the fact is, not everyone takes advantages of the opportunities given to them and not everyone makes the most of their potential. And therein lies the fatal flaw of socialism.