So much better! Americans were united and the political parties were moderately conservative to moderately liberal, there wasn’t that much difference between them except on some policy matters. Then comes the Christian Right, Dixiecrats, the Koch Brothers, and the John Birch Society, all of them completely hijacked the Republican Party and now you have a country that is divided and in decline due to the reactionary politics of one major party. The present Republican Party espouses Ayn Rand objectivism and Old Testament theology. This Republican Party dreams of sending the country through a time warp to The Victorian Era and The Gilded Age; an anti-science, anti-environment, anti-immigrant, anti-women, and anti-poor mishmash of selfishness, hate, and corporate greed.