Interesting article over at ABC News: Some Say U.S. No Longer Feels Like Home. Some of the points mentioned by the folks in the article echo things we've said here: Though the last few paragraphs deal specifically with gays and lesbians, that part about the "closing of the American mind" is what really shakes me. I know I've never seen a time in this country when open-mindedness was held in such contempt. I can perfectly understand that powerless feeling they mentioned. Some of us feel that no matter how hard we campaign, no matter how we "frame" the argument, there are no longer enough open minds left to enact anything resembling a liberal, or perhaps even moderate, agenda. Thus comes the feeling of exclusion. It leaves us to ask: what has happened to us as a nation? And is this just a "phase", or the beginning of the decline that eventually befalls all powerful societies?