"Fox News has taken reasonable concerns about this president (Obama) and this economy and turned it into a full-fledged panic about the next coming of Chairman Mao."
I think one of the reasons politics became so intensely divisive in recent history is the extremism that spurned out of the right-wing after the election of President Barack Obama. Granted the opposition can get pretty intense no matter what party, but Obama got way more hate than any liberal before him because of his skin color. I don't remember a Tea Party of angry semi-literate white people during the Clinton years. Despite being part of the "main-stream media" they used "commentators" to spout things that would be considered libel, if they were actual journalists. Everyone on Fox and other right-wing outlets claimed Obama was a socialist/communist. Communist? His policies were barely on center at best. I will say moderates and everyone to the left really didn't know how great we had it until we knew Adolf Twitler was moving into the White House this year.