I think if one wants to grasp for a bigger picture, history is a good place to start. It took at least 50 years for American policy/society to arrive at this state. For example, Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential bid was a disaster, because the electorate despised his views, which today would be labeled neo-conservative. Today, he wouldn't get onto any Republican ticket anywhere, because he would be labeled a far-left liberal. What happened in those 50 years? I don't know, but it's time to start looking. This polarization is killing us.
And then was the election of 1968. The assassination of RFK, the nomination of Humphrey and the silent majority overruling the protests and electing that most paranoid enemy of all that was liberal and left; Richard Nixon. Then came 1972 and the Democrats went hard, hard left to George McGovern and Nixon won the greatest landslide ever despite everything the media did. The voters were with Nixon not the progressive enlightened left. That polarization really took shape as the media could dig it's claws into Nixon over Watergate and trumpet that their views were vindicated.
But wait, there was a backlash. During the Carter years of malaise there was a growing movement swinging to the right. Nixon had been too liberal domestically and too soft on communism as well as corrupt. One leader of this was Ronald Resgan. The foot soldiers were a hitherto untapped group; the evangelical Christians. Both had been around awhile but they finally found their voice (and scared the pants off of a young liberal me. Look up the book The New Right: we are ready to lead.) So the Democrats had swung left under McGovern in reaction to the 1960s. The Republicans swung right to fight it and led another landslide election for Ronald Reagan.
Reagan got rid of the ridiculous fairness doctrine for the public airwaves opening the door for political talk radio. According to who you ask that further polarized opinion because for some strange reason liberals made for bad ratings so the airwaves are dominated by central right to crazy WTF right.
Stuff that no other nations would tolerate was on the radio everyday because of that horrible Freedom of Speech. Don't you wish the US was as enlightened as Australia where you can be imprisoned for Holocaust denial or Canada where you get finef for protesting female rights in Saudi Arabia? Freedom of speech means everybody has their say, offensive or not, wagreeable or not. That discourse is necessary for a truly free Republic whether we like it or not. Damn those dead White guys in knee pants strike again…
And after 8 years of the left the pendulum swings to the right once more and the Republic is still here. The Bill of Rights won't be going away any time soon because the right defends it longer and harder and many on the American left would love to make a few of those pesky amendments go away.
You can almost tell that I taught this on both the middle school and high school level. Now if we could get police officers to be color blind and better able to tell cell phones and wallets from hand guns,
And that's enough out me. I wish the far extremes of both sides would realize how small a minority they are. They may yell the loudest, but shut up. Let's steer a steady course not leaning too far in either direction as we do not want the ship of state to capsize. But please let him govern before we condemn him. Words are so much air. What will he end up doing? Then we can tear him to pieces revelling in the wonder of the Freedom of Speech.