Politics Has Never Been So Divisive And Mean — Lies, It’s Been Worse4767Erik BrownElwood Watson, Ph.D.Jan 6, 2019·1 min readExcellent article. The truth is that the the early days of our nation’s politics was anything but civil. Many of those m men were hard core brawlers! What we would call thugs today! We are pretty civilized in comparison to the days of yesteryear.