America is more polarized than at any time in its history except for the Civil War.
American politics has divided families, with parents and children no longer speaking. Family get-togethers are contentious. Lifelong friendships have collapsed. Marriages have ended due to irreconcilable polarization. At work, people are frightened to mention politics for fear of being fired or offending a co-worker. Consumers even base what brand of toothpaste they use based upon their politics, according to a study for Colgate.