I deal with conflicts between the right and left every day. I see how false realities emerge, and how interest groups use them to manipulate true believers on both the right and left to advance status quo agendas, as if they were their own.
I don't get misty-eyed for the days of bipartisanism. After all, the bipartisan consensus on U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War was nothing to get nostalgic about. But when people start pulling out their guns, I start to worry.