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Have American politics always been this nasty and mean-spirited? Or is this nastiness a relatively recent thing?


I've read the view of some who say yes, it's recent, and have heard others insist, no, it's always been this way.


By the way, I would prefer for this thread not to devolve into "It's the fault of Republicans/conservatives/Fox News/corporations/Tea Party/racists, etc." We have plenty of those threads already, and that's not my point. Plus, I've seen instances of liberals being hateful and mean-spirited, too. The point of this thread is, has it always been this way, or not?

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