I was having this conversation with my mother the other evening who keeps abreast of political matters much better than I do, and I asked her if she felt, as a child, the same tension and general unease when she was a young person in the 60's and there was so much social change going on then? She said no. I asked her if she thought, as American mindsets seems to grow more and more polarized, if it could actually lead to civil war? Her answer was again no for the simple reason that while mindsets are polarized, the situation does not have geographic divide aiding it the way it did in the Civil War with the North and the South. We have Lefties and Righties in America, but they live door to door. And then the next day she showed me this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-schmookler/the-spirit-that-drove-us-_b_5749884.html It's hard for me to know if its not just media overload that makes me feel this way, but there's this dull feeling in my stomach that it could be possible. It's the same dull feeling of ever-present anxiety I remember as a kid in the early-mid 80's worrying about Reagan and first Andropov and then Chernenko and the big red nuclear war button I imagined in their respective offices. What do you think?