I think repressed homosexuality and consequent self-loathing drive the entire republican ethos. That and they never got enough hugs. Daddy never told them he was proud of them. Etc. Oh, and greed. Especially greed.
Unfortunately the democrats still can't put a foot forward they can actually stand on. And Americans are too robotic to vote for independent candidates. Not that it matters, they're all in the pockets of big business.
Ah, the indifference inspiring state of American politics.
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy