Warning. This diary does not contain any slams against republicans or democrats.
It has been said that the two biggest motivations of humans are to obtain pleasure and to avoid pain. I believe with some variations, this is mostly true. Add into this our instinct for survival and you can probably explain most behaviors. But I am just guessing here, I suppose.
This was a whole lot simpler when I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s and even into the 1970s. We had to live with a very real - to most Americans and I would say also Russians - threat of global annihilation. I am not going into the propaganda factor here, because at the time this was not a consideration. For the people then it was very real. We had seen it right before our very eyes.