John Edwards, before his fall from grace, used to talk about "two Americas." One for the haves, and one for the have nots and have littles. Well, I think there are two Americas, but I see the split a bit differently.
There's FoxAmerica, and there's everyone else. As it turns out, the two Americas don't seem to speak the same language, they have completely different cultural cues, quite different moral values, and are growing further and further apart. Idaho, of course, is squarely in FoxAmerica. It's in the running for the heartland of the place, and might even be the capital.
In FoxAmerica, when a Republican president gives tax cuts for the very rich and starts two wars, none of which is paid for, resulting the the largest increase in the national debt ever, the response is .... crickets. Not a peep. But when a Democratic president tries to extend health care to 30 million Americas, FoxAmerica shouts n***er, f***ot, throws bricks through windows, asks people to "RELOAD," files frivolous lawsuits to prevent giving health care to the uninsured, and generally pitches a huge fit. All of which is tolerated, and indeed egged on, by Republican leaders.
The point is, the two Americas can look at the same thing, and see two completely different, opposite probably, things. I do not get it.
It's in the best interests of the Fox leadership, Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, and their ilk, to stoke this split, not to bridge it. If they can keep people angry and afraid, people will keep tuning into Fox, driving up ratings, and making the Fox denizens big money. They get rich by exploiting divisions in America. Sadly, that exploitation is having real, negative consequences.
I think it will get worse before it gets better. Some people on the right are beginning to speak out about the insanity (so it appears outside of FoxAmerica). But, those voices are immediately attacked, and marginalized.
And to FoxAmericans, of course, I'm an idiot who can't see the plain truth. A deludinoid. A completely misguided person, probably a traitor. Certainly hopelessly naive. And for now, that's a chasm that can't be crossed.