The current election year has seen unprecedented political and religious hypocrisy. First we had Gov. Walker telling crowds -with a straight face-that God told him to run for president. God apparently listened to Walker's campaign speeches, said "oops," and sent Walker home to work on his ethics.
America's famous optimism is counterbalanced, and sometimes squelched, by a large strain of fatalism. There are always people gloomy as Eeyore saying nothing will change, there's no difference between the parties.