It's become extremely easy for bigots, hate mongers, insurrectionists, supremacists, and their ilk to hide behind their politics. This is a human disease not confined to politics of the left or right.
The seamier side of human beings can simply say they are against something without any justification - especially to themselves.
Thus we have a right and left wing branch of conventional wisdom. Liberalism with a halo and conservatism with horns of the devil OR the other way around.
Conventional wisdom is NOT wisdom - but when enough people agree on something they feel safe from the possibility of being wrong.
Everyone wants to be right but in reality we all are wrong.
That is why we have made little or no progress when it comes to education, prisons, environment, technology, poverty etc etc
Everything that represents human neglect has been discarded by conventional wisdom in one or two word simple phrases like GNP, Dow Jones, freedom and democracy. Lately the constitution is being prostituted to support more lies than ever in the history of America.
These are lies, but since most people hide behind them no one of us will tell the other that they're naked - so everyone is wearing the emperors invisible clothes.
A popular falsehood is that people with money have worked hard to obtain it. Now we all know from experience that is not true. Yet as a society we accept that lie.
Another is that everyone has the same opportunity from birth to succeed - this is perhaps the most devastating lie of all. Our economic system thrives on supply and demand which converts to want and consumption and profits. Needs are a cost - the less needs that are met the greater the profit. Our Government is our conscience and the bigger it gets the more uncomfortable we feel. Better to retrench and hide within a State that is run by those who tell us what we want to hear. Welfare, illegal immigration and we ourselves are to blame.
States are becoming gated communities - state politicians use laws to push unwanted resident into other states. How? By using budgets and money to justify injustice.
And the lie that America is as good as it gets supplants the truth which is that America is good for a few Americans, better for most than other humans on our planet and not even close when it comes to being as good as we SHOULD be!
Instead of humanities guiding light to the future of our planet and the world leader we are becoming an entrenched selfish, short sighted nation. If we do not like the social and political systems of others -we need to prove our own works first. Not attempt to impose our will in foreign lands.
President Obama represents what we should be and it's extremely painful for many Americans to acknowledge that fact.
Especially those who feel they are superior to most others based on their skin color and stature in life and aided and abetted by money.
Is money the root of all evil? Yes.
Are you evil? - there is a 50% chance that you are thanks to our two party system. ;-)