I hadn't delved much into politics for the majority of my life but got deeply concerned a year or two before the Obama election and have been following ever since. I blame the advent of social media for my illness. It was sure nice and peaceful before all of these gadgets, and I've been way too mentally involved (read disturbed) since then. For a time reference I graduated high Scholl in 1980. My question is, has politics always been this dysfunctional or did this just start, or progressively get worse with Obama?