So, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted a poll a few weeks back, and one of its findings was that 34% of conservative Republicans think that President Obama is a Muslim. This is more than twice the percentage that it was in October 2008, when a mere 16% of conservative Republicans thought that Obama was a Muslim. As Charles P. Pierce points out, the reason so many people can believe something that is so obviously untrue is because some sociopathic right-wing billionaires have created their own alternate reality, a reality where Obama is a Muslim, global warming is a hoax, and black people caused the recession. An awful lot of the people in this country live in that alternate reality, and that's why this country is headed for civil war, soon.
Maybe you think that sounds alarmist. You look around, and it doesn't look like we're on the verge of a civil war. Well, think about a couple of people living in America in 1856. Walk up to a Northern anti-slavery man, and ask him whether he thinks the country is on the verge of a civil war, and he'll tell you no, of course not.
"But," you tell him, "what about all those Southerners who are threatening to secede if the country elects an anti-slavery president?"
"It's just a bluff," he would answer. "They're just trying to scare us into backing down. They won't really secede."
Now go talk to a Southern pro-slavery man, and ask him whether he thinks the country is on the verge of civil war, and he'll tell you no, of course not.
"But," you tell him, "if you secede from the Union, won't that provoke a civil war?"
"Nonsense," he would answer. "Those Yankees wouldn't dare try to stop us from seceding. They haven't the spine for it."
Two different people, two different realities. Put them together, and you get a civil war.
And that's what we have in this country right now: two different, incompatable realities. A house divided against itself, just like in the 1850s. And it won't be too long before those two realities come into conflict, and then, just like in the 1860s, there will be a civil war.