“Splitting” has a number of meanings, but what they have in common is the notion of dividing something that was formerly not divided. In psychiatry and psychology it refers to a tendency, often seen in people with Borderline Personality Disorder, to shift between total admiration and love for a particular person and total disgust and hate. Election Day, 2016 was a time in which the cultural splitting of the United States became full-grown. It had been conceived in the 1960s by Tom Hayden and others in the “New Left,” one of whose catch-phrases was “The personal is the political.” Politics, once the domain of rational (though often heated) discourse became irrational, and those opposite to the New Left’s political views were demonized as evil people.

This splitting spread in the 1970s, the decade in which the values of the mid and late sixties permeated down to the rest of society. There was always a large swath of middle America, primarily in rural areas and small towns, who opposed the new wave of Leftism. However, in universities, the media, and Hollywood, the views of the 1960s left grew until a coalition between those three groups dominated elite society. They won victories in the courts such as Roe v. Wade on abortion and later, the legalization of homosexual marriage. They are pushing a transsexual agenda and a fluid notion of gender that is increasingly being publicized and supported by many in those three elite groups. These values are in sharp contrast with those of much of middle America and mark major differences in world view.

Donald Trump became a symbol of the cultural war in the United States. Hated by the left, parting for running a right wing campaign and partly for not being part of the establishment, supporting him resulting in his supporters losing friends, getting in arguments or fights, and even losing their jobs for being conservative. Conservatives, resentful at their voices being silenced, have reacted, and some, though a minority, have ended their friendships with liberals and consider them all evil. Election Day 2016 marked the Great Splitting of American, a division so deep that it recalls the situation before the War between the States. While violence thus far has not come close to the 1967-71 period in the United States, the threat of violence looms over us. I have lost lifelong friends. As a novel writer, I know my sales and publicity have been hurt by my openness about my conservative positions, which makes me a demon to many leftist writers. I have had people who know me, who in the past told me people can disagree and still be friends, change their minds during and after the 2016 election. Did I suddenly grow demon horns in November 2016? Do my eyes glow red? Have I turned mean since then? Of course not, and neither have those who have rejected me due to my positions. Why can’t we agree to disagree again, if for nothing else, to avoid the world ending, as it does in T. S. Eliot’s writings, with people shooting each other in the streets.

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