I was reading an article in American Thinker titled "What does it mean to be a Democrat?" (Articles: What Does It Now Mean to Be a Democrat?) The second item on their list was "Endlessly dividing people into more and more and smaller and smaller categories and subcategories and then stirring up internecine strife, beneficial to the cause." This has become the American model. Most likely, broader access to information/propaganda and disseminating our own opinions via the internet has intensified the division. Us against them has become the norm but there are so many us's and so many thems, chaos has resulted. What we have to ask ourselves is "who benefits from this?" Contrary to what American Thinker asserts, this is not a tactic of just Democrats any more than it is of just Republicans. It is the tactic of politics in general, even a tactic of war - read the Art of War, Sun Tzu. It is the age old "divide and conquer" model of maintaining control over others by encouraging dissent between them. When used for good, this tactic can have positive results. I think of the Divide and Conquer algorithm that breaks down any problem into sub-problem. A solution to each sub-problem will eventually result in resolution of the initial problem in total. However, that is not what is happening in the modern world. As a society, we have allowed ourselves to be divided, not for the greater good but with the intent of manipulating us to suit the goals of ..... (the manipulator - fill in the blank) It is time that we stand up the those, all of those, who attempt to control us using this divisive tactic. We must refuse to be manipulated, refuse to be the pawns in their political games, and refuse to be led down the path that ends in a country divided instead of a country united.