Not sure where you went to school, but I accidentally (forgot it was there) carried a pocket knife into back in the 60s, and was booted.
The national average for gasoline was over $3/gallon for 10 months under Bush.
The national average for gasoline has been over $3/gallon for 3.5 years under Obama.
The dive well below $2 in 2008 was anomalous due to the shrinking economy. Likewise, however, was the anomalous rise over $4 for three months before that crash. The recovery point around $2.61, before the Democrats' crony-enriching "stimulus", was more reflective of the real value. Today's is partially a reflection of Obama's misguided economic policies.
At the time, there were limited means of communication (you took days to distribute a pamphlet) vs. being able to post on your blog within minutes or call into a radio or TV show.
Further, newspaper, book, and word of mouth were about all there were. The most literal interpretation of that 1st amendment means I could possess radio stations, TV stations, web sites, and if I were wealthy enough, my own cable network. In short, the 1st amendment favors the rich because they can speak as freely as they want. Not very equal, is it?
That's a large number of people willing to die to protect the rights of the rich to own another human being.
You don't know much about the civil war. Most fought because they didn't like their state being bullied around by other states, even if their state was in the wrong.
Where's Lakoff's citation of people who suggest beating babies with sticks? Dobson suggests spanking babies, but that implies the hand just as well.
I'm not even sure how the opinion of one person even matters. I can quote Mao or Kim Jong-Il and claim that represents the opinions of every socialist.