We are, presently, an anxious nation... and our collective anxiety—as is often the case on the individual level—is bringing out the worst in us.
The ways in which we are dehumanizing each other is ultimately destructive.
If we accept viewing each other with contempt, as the enemy, as abjectly evil... and if we normalize the dehumanizing rhetoric (along with existential rhetoric), we will arrive at a place where any behavior is justifiable in the interest of our arguments...
and that is how societies dissolve.
In the end, our anxiety, if unaddressed, will inevitably destroy us.