In the past the gridlines were drawn a little differently and a rural south was mostly democrat and racist while northern democrats thought differently. Republicans were the party of Lincoln and emancipation so there was a crossover of ideas that permitted a more balanced political landscape. Contrast this with the red and blue state polarization by social wedge issue that threatens to fracture the country in half.
I am not American and yet my antipathy for Republicans and their extremism runs high. I can only imagine what some passionate patriots feel about what is happening to their own country and one only needs to read the comments left below a political YouTube video to see the vitriol first hand.
These are dangerous times for a country that were it not for fundamental principles sewn into its constitution would be potentially tumbling into fascism with its current administration. Trump may only be a mean spirited imbecile but he is surrounded by a cabal that is more dangerous than he is.
I still have faith that America can survive this presidency and recover some of its founding values but its most pressing need is to rediscover its appetite for fairness and close an income gap that threatens to undo the social peace; the kind of fairness that existed during the time of FDR.
The unbridled capitalist experiment failed and it's time to go home again.