Your paragraph about "cold war" may, unfortunately, have some truth to it. The current troubles are all a result of the schism in the US that happened in the 1960's and it has been steadily getting worse. Now we've reached a point where the 2 sides can no longer co-exist. There is going to be either, major changes in the politics of the US, or the US is going to break apart, or both. Looks like Texas may be the first state to separate, as it has the constitutional power to do so. Unfortunately it is the only state with that power so further separations will require more drastic action (like a civil war). I can see the US becoming 4 separate countries, the north, the south, the east coast, and the west coast, more or less.
From the religious section: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6&start=40
I personally would say that the commies were here way before the 1960's. I've heard the arguments about them infiltrating the hippy movement and anti-war protesters, but I think it started somewhere between the late 19th century and the very early 20th century. I also think that McCarthy was right and we should have listened to him.
If you look at the popular votes for the president in the early 20th century, the communists had a bit of a showing as did the socialists. The socialists were a huge part of the movement for unions. (OOOOH I get to say union! ) Basically what they did was defer payment to corrupt government to corrupt mob lead unions. But, I have to say that I'm torn on unions. My mother was a union steward, yet I'm a Libertarian. I have much more to research.
Anyway, if you, or anyone else would like to carry this on, I'd be more than willing to explore this.