Twenty years ago, there wasn't that much of an ideological divide between Republicans and Democrats, according to an ongoing Pew poll. Now, that gap is of record size and it centers around the size and scope of government. From CNN:
The biggest increase in political polarization came in "government scope and performance" - the gap in 1987 between Democrats and Republicans on that issue was 6 points; in 2012 the gap is 33 points.
To be sure, the bulk of my posts is on this very subject. Every day there is some new encroachment into our freedom by the government, whether it be small--like Bloomberg's soda ban--or big, like Obamacare.
The reason there is so much material is that government is bigger and more intrusive than ever before, and it's seemingly growing at an exponential rate with President Obama and other elite progressives at the helm.
The gap is ever-widening, and left unchecked will one day will threaten the unity of the country if the economic binds that tie us together are ever broken. The Pew poll is the first indication that people are dividing into teams to play the game of the next century.