“Until a few decades ago, most Democrats did not hate Republicans, and most Republicans did not hate Democrats. Very few Americans thought the policies of the other side were a threat to the country or worried about their child marrying a spouse who belonged to a different political party. All of that has changed. A 2016 survey found that 60 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of Republicans would now balk at their child’s marrying a supporter of a different political party. In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, the Pew Research Center reported that roughly nine out of 10 supporters of Joe Biden and of Donald Trump alike were convinced that a victory by their opponent would cause “lasting harm” to the United States.” Yascha Mounk in The Atlantic: The Doom Spiral of Pernicious Polarization. Much of that hate we feel for one another is by design. Those political messages we’re all so addicted to are ruining us and they just might ruin the country. Ask any top Pentagon official or CIA analyst which existential conflict worries them most. I guarantee the the answer will be our internal one.