With her cutesy little homilies that spew venom and lies, Sarah Palin is touting fear of socialism in the same way that Joe McCarthy used fear of communism to disparage his enemies and divide the country.
There is a startling degree of anger in America right now. Pick an issue and you'll find people of all political persuasions yelling about it. But it remains primarily those on the far right that couch their vitriol in what the historian Richard Hofstadter referred to as the "paranoid style."
The fall of The Wall signified the fall of the Soviet Union, and an end to the Cold War. And while this was of enormous historical import, I fear that future generations won't really pay much attention to it.