From Bad Attitudes, I linked to King of Zembla's reprint of a Joe Bageant essay called A Mean and Unholy Ditch--The Sleep of Reason amid Wild Dogs and Gin.
Well, the title alone was worth a look. Can't say I agree with the essay one thousand percent, but it makes any number of good, solid points. Here's a one line teaser:
Quit feeling so bad and admit that Americans have willingly elected a murderous gang of fascist pissbrains. Now doesn’t that feel better?
Yes, it does.