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American politics have become increasingly radical in the last decade or so, but now it has gotten worse than ever before.
The 2016 election is proof, both candidates had very loyal support bases, to the point that they would refuse to admit that their candidate has flaws. This, of course, is in addition the the vast number of voters who vote straight party ticket every election.
There is no inherent problem with having controversial opinions, but the lack of self-reflection is sometimes frightening. The most despicable form of this results in a dangerous “You’re either with us or against us” attitude.