This is how a nation of over three hundred million people are so readily managed. Keep the population more or less divided into two political camps, Republican and Democrat, and manage their perception, not in relationship to their government, but in relation to their opposition to the other party. More times than not, the public won't be voting for what they want, for its highest vision for itself, but against what the other party proposes. Not too much different than Michigan vs Ohio State football fans. Both fan bases spend their Saturdays rooting for their bitter rival to lose as much as they root for their own team to win.
That makes college football a passionate, enjoyable, pastime. But it is tragic for a nation to decide governing principles by.
This is how disasters like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz happen.
That backlash now lives in the tea-party movement and some libertarians that are extremely right wing. The Republican party is now seen as too moderate or 'leftist' for even them. That is what happens when the critical issues of a nation become reduced to bumper sticker slogans, and terms that describe ideas which become more and more narrowly defined or their meanings changed altogether.
Corporate interests are now in control of government and the election process. They own the major information channels and the 'news' reporters. They set the agenda for national discussion, which has become more deflective and distracting from the truth than enlightening or empowering to the people. The tea party and many staunch right wing libertarians do not understand that what they propose for this country won't work for we the people. Conservative/Tea-Party/Libertarian policies are custom crafted for corporations.
I understand that simply writing this will result in antagonism. I do not care. I have friends that are libertarian, I have had this same discussion with many of them in person. They are not as myopic as they come off to be, they are frustrated at the way things are now, they've been told who to blame, who to hate; (liberals, socialists, you know, all the usual suspects). They cling to their fenced in ideological label like someone clings to a light pole during high winds. The winds of change are indeed howling...that is scary for many. When those winds are howling through the trees in ones backyard, one will manufacture a quaint 'memory' of simpler, more tranquil times past, in this case the corporate media will supply that meme (sub-consciously) for you and tell you whose fault it is that you lost that fantasy dream-time.
Divide and conquer, separate by opinion, no need to think about it, it's already been thought out for you, just repeat the slogan we've provided for you to anyone that resists.
George Orwell is doing tantrums in his grave screaming - "I tried to warn you!"