I've been on 3 political message boards (American) over the last few years and one thing remains a constant - the complete and utter divide between Americans - be it liberals, democrats, conservatives, republicans, independent, what have you. I've never seen anything quite like it in any other country (between religion and tribes, yes, politically (at this level) no). Why are Americans so hard up on toting their party line (regardless of which side) instead of coming together as a people and holding their government accountable (again regardless of who is in office)? From what I gather from other western nations (including my own), it's the people vs. the government (regardless of party) but in the US it's like a cult...why? Here, I see people and especially politicians constantly switching parties and it really is no big deal, and doesn't make them any less trustworthy or stable. I look at most of your responses and almost always someone says 'because liberals this or republicans that' ....it's soooooooooo boring. Why can't people have their opinions based on what the believe or feel is right - instead of having 'typical lib or typical republican' thrown in their face??? Are Americans overly stubborn and hard headed? Is that why? It maybe loyalty but is it really being loyal to yourself or your party? Any thoughts?