During the Bush years there was some awful threats coming from the left and now there are some equally bad stuff coming from the right during Obama. The anger is out there but the reason for that anger is simply human nature. People don't like being controlled so when one side has control they fear the other will control them in ways that they don't want to be controlled. This fear leads to anger and anger leads to hate. Its natural and healthy in many way but has anyone thought that a solution to live more peacefully with ourselves is federalism itself? Each state can live by laws that they want. I know some people don't think Texas is good but they don't care since Texas, to them, is unable to decide how they are going to live. The same can be said about California. I think that is a liberal hell hole but I don't really care since I am not affected by their laws. This was one of the arguments made against the constitution because a national government would lead to national laws which erase local and state laws that people create. They correctly said it would lead to war and I fear that idealogical differences between the right and left are so different that its impossible for everyone to be happy under the same law. Are you still reading? OK. The thing that stands in the way is ourselves. Neither side wants to give up this control at the federal level in favor of local control. The right passes DOMA and the left passes healthcare reform and no side wants to give up this power which is like some character flaw in a greek tragedy because in order for us to be remain civilized we must be allowed to be free and allow others the same freedom. When we remove the freedom of one person then that same person can remove some freedom from us because we create the device aka government power that we use against others and that device then gets used against us. The republicans will likely slaughter the democrats in November so wouldn't you democrats like to be protected from the republicans when that happens by your own state laws?