About 80% of humanity (by my reckoning) go about thinking "if only I was in control". While 20% of us go around thinking "if only we had a lot fewer controllers".
Which is why we have two parties whose deep philosophies are identical. It can be expressed in one word:
The rot runs deep. Because the "conservative" side thinks control is a good idea it gives political cover to all who want control. It goes something like this: “Every one agrees on control. Our only serious disagreement is over what to control.”
In America today we have a few percent addicted to drugs and 80% addicted to control. Tell me which is a more serious threat to the country?