When you look at the chaos and horrific bloodshed in the Middle East, much of it is the result of a fundamental sectarian divide between Sunnis and Shias. To the outsider this seems absurd. They are all Muslims, followers of the Prophet Mohammed. Their differences are over historical trivilities that seem irrelevant in the 21st century. But then we should consider the 600 years of sectarian strife that bedeviled Europe. The horrors of the 30 Years War. The massacres and purges that led French Huguenots to flee. The bloody battles between Protestant and Catholic in the Elizabethan Era - which led, by the way, to the emigration of the Pilgrims and the ancestors of the Founding Fathers to this country. In the past fifteen to twenty years I have seen this country descend into a split that is beyond simple partisanship, and into something much deeper and darker. We no longer think of ourselves as Americans first, who might have different opinions on things like taxes or trade policy. We now think of ourselves as being fundamentally Republican or Democrat. Conservative or Liberal. Red or Blue. In the words of James Fallows: President Obama made a concerted effort to include Republicans in his Cabinet appointments. Ray LaHood at Transportation, Robert Gates and later Chuck Hegel at Defense. And many more in lesser roles. In perhaps the bitterest irony, Obama appointed James Comey to head up the FBI. Do we see any hints of bipartisanship from President-Elect Trump? Nothing official, but rumors about putting a climate-change denier in charge of the EPA, and considering Sarah Palin for anything speak otherwise. It's certainly not too late, but a Cabinet made up of 100% right-wing zealots is going to send a very dark message indeed. Making things even worse (if that were possible) is Representative Trey Gowdy's vow to continue the investigation of Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton is prosecuted, it will be the first shot in the Second American Civil War. One this country may not survive.