OG, you're right, it is incrementalism that has brought most of this about. That too started in the 50's and by the US communist party. Whoever the leader of the party was at that time said, and I paraphrase, there is no way the US will convert to a socialist country in one fell swoop but, by incrementally changing things, over time the population and the government can be moved in a socialist direction. That is exactly what we've seen. ms, there is much in your post I agree with and, I suppose ultimately it all lies at the feet of society in general. The worst of it started with Woodrow Wilson, got a bit of a break through the 20's then the depression hit, FDR was elected and things headed south in a hurry. After the war, by the 50's, society was heady with material success, those in government and academia were trusted and allowed to drive an even deeper wedge into our Constitution, incrementally. For those of us old enough to remember, the 60's were nuts and the early 70's weren't much better. Carter and his establishing the Federal Dept. of Education was an immense step toward socialism. More Democrat communism, incrementalism, big government and subservience to the state. If local schools take the money they have to drink the Kool-Aid. The media and higher education is infected with socialists and communists and they influence youth entirely too much, as OG alluded to. The 80's saw Reagan and a bit of a resurgence in American pride then came the Clinton years. There was not much respite when GW was elected and no one over the age of about 20 needs told what Premier Comrade Obama and his minions have done and, I remain convinced he succeeded admirably in his agenda to punish and divide America. I fear OG could also be correct about an issue boiling over and what could almost amount to a civil war begin. Twice, I remember Metzenbaum. Even some in his party described him as "a voice crying in the wilderness". Today he would share center stage with Schumer, Pelosi, Warren, Murray, Durbin and the rest of the Democrat idiots, not to say there isn't a plethora of idiots in the Republican party, there is.