Opening Pandora's Box is typically the consequence of some kind of extremism, and "extremism" is a radical understatement for what's been happening in America for the last seven years.
The religious fanatics have been going absolutely bonkers, death-wishing about "Last Days" and Armageddon. The Baptist Big Bang is set to go off any day now (we're told), and in the meantime those who hope to be lifted up would do well to support George Bush's 21st Century Crusade against the Muslim World.
NOTHING like this was happening before the year 2000 stolen Presidential Election. In those days, wacko religious cults were just that: wacko religious cults. They didn't, shall we say, have the President's ear (and soul). In those days, the Church & State division, legally mandated by our Constitution, was still reasonably intact.
That was before people like Senate Majority Leader, ("Dr."?) Frist, diagnosed Terry Schiavo from a video tape. The Senator, presumably, was "in the spirit" while he did this. Indeed, this episode was a small tipping point for the Bush/Republican juggernaut, since it proved the fundamental irrationality changing Church & State into Church & Church. The angry polls of that time made it overwhelmingly clear that most Americans preferred medicine to stay grounded in science, not some kind of born again voodoo.
It's increasingly common knowledge that roughly one percent of America controls 90 percent of the wealth. In short, we are unequivocally (just as much as your South American country of choice) a Dictatorship of the Rich. But, prior the year 2000, this was NOT common knowledge and the elites hid this "have and have not" obscenity behind a smoke screen of politics.
However, during the Bush/Republican years, the mega rich got mega, mega greedy, so they made the terrible mistake of coming out into the open to rape Mother Nature and systematically rob and destroy the American Middle Class. In short, now we see them exactly for what they are: vampires of greed who have turned our children into cannon fodder for their Bush/Cheney/Oil Wars, thieves of our retirements and health programs, murderers of our Constitutional Republic, and evil incarnate fascists.
In short, the political scam isn't working any more. We now know the conflict isn't between Democrats and Republicans (most of whom are closet Republicans anyway). The conflict, to say it most broadly is between Good and Evil. More specifically, the conflict is between fascism (including religious theocracy fascism) and Democracy.
The polls really say it all, don't they? Just as "Dr." Frist was unmasked as a disgrace to the medical profession, so do the contemporary polls, again overwhelmingly, show that Americans may have a wide range of political and religious views, but AMERICANS AREN'T FASCISTS.