Outside the US, social upheavals have harmed millions. Americans have no direct experience of life in an unstable society.
Those who come to the US from unstable countries bring scars, sometimes multigenerational.
For instance, eastern europeans fear above all, socialism and communism. Fear can infect reason. Thus Orly Taitz is consumed with her campaign to fight socialism, wrongly interpreting the President as a symbol of such.
The harm I have seen from my own heritage is the effect on a civilization of unchecked Stupidity, to the point where opportunists exploit that Stupidity.
This is why simply reading a messageboard excites my worst apocolyptic fears. It is sad because there are people who feed off that fear and play me for it.
Seeing these people spout utter nonsense on a messageboard while those who know better remain silent is a microcosm of what I witnessed of a society falling to ruin and chaos while people who know better do nothing.
hgff101 and the "Godhead" they both think they are the smartest in the room and are on a mission to form 'their" Socialist version of a perfect word. But there are people standing in the way of the new Utopia. They are to be divided and marginalized and called bad names. Both hgff and BO are insufferable.