American society used to frown upon the behavior known as "busybody". Social behavior changes and the government is merely a reflection of it's people. Some say we've declined as a society, but this implies some concept of what behavior is better. I observe we've grown in population and have embodied the behaviors of a higher population density ... in varying degree in direct proportion to local pop density. This is the actual cause to the effect summarized as red/blue behavior, values, politics, voting, etc.