“It would seem that when backlash faces backlash, we have polarization. When we have polarization there is little room for discussion. Much as we might like to reason together, this serves no purpose when our adversary has already made up his mind, with or without reason. Thus the nation faces a crisis unprecedented since 1861. Since there is little point in argument we must fall back on prayer.”
(You can find it here.)
I go back now and then and re-read his incomparable Commentaries, as they contain a wealth of information and informed opinion on matters of history, hunting, military affairs and marksmanship, and really a good bit more. In this case he accurately diagnoses what comes when two irreconcilable factions inhabit the same polity.
That quote above? Written in 1995.