I am, as someone once called me, a flaming liberal but in the 90’s I was married to a conservative. We agreed on basic ideals but disagreed on how to reach them. It had worked for us since 1976.
By the late 90’s, that was changing. The Tea Party was rising. My husband became ultra-conservative, not wanting the government to help people in need, advocating for a bigger military and more and more gun rights. He had once leaned liberal concerning social issues, like LGBTQ rights, but no longer. We agreed on nothing. He lectured me and everyone else from his Tea Party soapbox. Our marriage ended.
I saw similar changes with conservatives in my workplaces. They became rabidly anti anything that has to do with equality, education, and social justice. Religious beliefs that were once private became weapons. They resented government money being spent on welfare for people but cheered welfare for corporations. They resented paying taxes and schemed to find any way to pay less even though many were very wealthy and could easily afford to pay their share and more. They became miserly and mean.
America has been in a steady decline for many years. Since Trump, we are in rapid decent. I fear there is no way to prevent the explosion and destruction to come.