I invite you again to read Griffin’s paper on Collectivism: http://www.freedomforceinternational.org/pdf/futurecalling2.pdf
The history we were taught in school did not prepare us for understanding the Constitution or for questioning Presidential authority. It has to do with centralized power vs. individual freedom and power that rests with the citizenry in a true democracy. Both parties have changed, unfortunately, to embrace collectivism. We don’t have a problem with extremists; we have a problem with “moderates” and liberals in both parties.