For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union.
Turn on your TV or computer, pick up a paper or magazine and you can see and hear them baying at the moon.
They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. They will do so by spending unheard of sums to buy elections with the happy assistance of big business and wealthy patrons for whom the joys of gross income inequality are a comfortable fact of life. By gerrymandering and denying the vote to as many of the poor, the elderly, struggling low-paid workers, and people of color as they can. And by appealing to the basest impulses of human nature: anger, fear and bigotry.