Comment of the Day: "Obama being black is just a small incremental change...:
...It seems to me, as a Canadian, that American politics steadily descended through the 1960s and 1970s. Jimmy Carter was perceived to be weak and encouraged a Republican feeding frenzy. Under Clinton, the Republicans got to a point where they did not accept the fundamental democratic legitimacy of a Democratic president. That has continued with Obama. Under the second Bush the Republicans with their 'we make our own reality' and 'drown it in a bath tub' memes completely abandoned any belief in the legitimacy of government (other than the army and a police state) or the existence of objective reality. The divisions now are fundamental philosophical differences over what is real and what is not real, and the very nature of reality. Do Clinton and Trump even live in overlapping metaphysical realities?