As the Charlottesville protest has dominated both the news cycle and our social media feeds for several days now, there is no need to rehash the details. Suffice it to say that the events of this weekend furthered the divisions that have been growing in this country for far too long.
While some might opine that these divides originated solely from the "era of Trump," the truth is that the country has been growing apart for decades, if not longer.
With the Obama Administration, we had the Tea Party movement opposed to big government and high taxes. When Johnson was in power, hippie counterculture developed as an opposition to forced conscription and state-sponsored violence in Vietnam. During the Nixon Administration, "law and order" movements grew as conservatives saw the "lackadaisical" free-loving hippies as a threat to the American way of life.
No matter who is in power or what ideology is currently dictating the laws of the land, divisions have always existed and always will. It is one of the consequences of having a society comprised of individuals. No matter what happens, differences of opinion will always occur.