Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown by John Trumbull (1797)
It has been a standard trope for at least the last decade that the country has never been more divided against itself. A recent Pew poll showed Republicans and Democrats more ideologically divided than ever before. Government shutdowns and legislative gridlock seem to inspire the notion that we are splitting apart as a nation, and that our differences will ultimately put our best days behind us.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.