It’s a little disconcerting to contemplate a U. S. that has even deeper disagreements that it now has. In my lifetime there was the Vietnam War period that was so deep it seemed nothing could be worse. Then, it passed.
It is tempting to believe today’s disagreements will pass into history as that period did. We don’t really know if it will. Disagreements could continue to grow.
While there are economic issues involved in our current political spats, much seems to be about what we can call “feelings”. Feelings can be stronger than economic disparities.
It might be helpful to remember the great argument in Canada a few decades back when Quebec wanted to separate and become an independent country. The issue had economic elements but it was much about feelings. A large portion of Quebec wanted to live as a country that used French exclusively. Living in a country where the official and most commonly used language is English left them feeling marginalized.
Today it is said Trump won the Electoral College votes because of voters whose feelings focus on being marginalized. The group is heavily weighted with white and rural Christian voters.
The Fall issue of Intelligence Report (Southern Poverty Law Center) discusses what has been learned about groups in the U.S. who want to separate from the United States. We’ve not seen in modern times a state vote to leave the United States.
There are groups who want to do just that. It’s unnerving to contemplate such a thing.