Perhaps because America became a nation-entity on July 4, its Cancer designation destines it to profound shifts of character. Cancer, for the uninitiated, is ruled by the moon which as Shakespeare related (in "Romeo and Juliet") is an inconstant luminary.
This nation goes through very dramatic phases, and present times carry many correspondences with earlier periods of lock-down. From the Red Scare, to the Japanese Internment Camps, to Joseph McCarthy's witch hunts which came out of J. Edgar Hoover's "keep watch/Big Brother" emphasis...
All of them are scars upon the nation.
There will always be bigots. And it's predictable that when hard-working lower income persons find it harder to meet expenses and see "illegal aliens" obtain basic services, or see Black families getting Food Stamps their resentment grows. That's when right wing shock jocks enter to pump up all that resentment so that it can be aimed not at those setting policies of misery, but rather at the groups that lack power.
Normally, rule of law will hold the bigots in check.
A film like "Mississippi Burning" shows how deeply entrenched racism was, and how it took the Federal Govt. and its troops to begin to enforce Civil Rights and Black voting rights in states within the Deep South.
There will always be societal sectors that cling to their own rights and liberties while denying these to others.
Michael Parenti points out that real progress occurred between 1946 (after W.W. II and the Marshall Plan's rebuilding of Europe allowing funds to build a significant Middle Class inside the U.S.) and l980 when Reagan & Thatcher and the old anti-New Deal gang began to dismantle ALL social programs and anything that would better the nation, as a whole.
In that same period, at least since the revolutionary (to mass consciousness) l960s, academe supported all of the progressive changes taking place from Environmental activism to women's rights to gay rights to Civil Rights, and so forth.
Currently, with every organ of culture under the thumb of Big Capital, academics have been silenced either by Big Money interests or the fear-factor induced by the false-flag generated War on Terror. Media is muzzled by its owners added to their complicity with the Military-Industrial complex.
The result is very little tolerance of "other." Citizens are expected to bow down to an authoritarian paternalistic state that demands that they not ask questions, allow business leaders to define policy (up to and including decisions that will mean very real dangers to food safety, water quality, wages, and the citizen's very right to address his govt. and seek redress where justified, through a functioning judicial system), and demonstrate muscular machismo in expressing hatred of real and imagined enemies.
It is THAT mentality that invites disgusting right wing mouthpieces to champion a climate of intolerance that looks the other way when violent outbreaks occur.
I am disgusted with what's being done to this nation (with similar protocols being installed wherever a "terrorist" act takes place); but I also know that it's a phase, and that "this, too, shall pass."
How ugly will it get?
Many are waking up and many have awakened... Bernie Sanders may not expose all aspects of The Beast, but he has begun to speak openly about many elements that are part of its diabolical composition. The Darkness cannot abide the Light: exposure is almost always therapeutic or part of the recipe for healing.