I think commentators such as Buchanan, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, and some of the others reflect the mood of the nation. The USA population is aging and as it does it has becomes risk adverse. As people age they become risk adverse in their finances; and many aspects of their lives. So expect more of it.
Historians have said that the issues from the 1930 on have been a discourse between the Roosevelt policies/thoughts/socialist and the individualistic policies that went before. There is even a book out not saying that the USA depression lasted so long because all the policy changes of the Roosevelt government provided an unstable enviorment for business so business didn't expand.
The Democratic and Republican parties are not that different which sets up the potential for a third party - see Perot 20% of the vote.
Bad times will excellerate the change.
Sometimes death is not as tragic as not knowing how to live. This man knew how to live--and how to make others glad they were living. - Jack Benny at Nat King Cole's funeral