It's interesting to me that I can't think of a translation for 'self made man' in either German, French or Dutch. The notion even has a wikipedia article, it's as uziq stated a distinctly American invention. I'm proud of my successes but would never think of saying that all of it resulted from 'my own greatness', everyone has had help along the way, in many forms.
unnamednewbie13 wrote:I'm of the opinion that the feelings were always lurking there to be capitalized on in this century. If Trump/qanon/etc. weren't the catalyst for some of these family schisms, something else would have likely been. Talks about Obama, Bush, in years prior had already been creating rifts.
Of course it doesn't help when people have internalized politics so much that they can't have a nice political discussion without it becoming fight or flight. Public schools didn't really teach people how to argue that I remember.
The river of muck is probably nicer (if horrifying) to view from the banks than while you're scrabbling for footing in three feet of dookie rapids.
The American political system is antithetical to the ideas of compromise or consensus-building. As long as you are dominated by two-party politics where winner takes all, your political landscape can and will only be a warzone, and that will seep into the attitudes of the general poblic. The dawn of outrage politics is only making this worse because it pushes the extremes within the parties to centre stage.