A friend who also grew up in Africa, remarking on the threats to Democrats after the health-care vote, worried: "This is becoming just like Africa."
I was 10 years old when I lived through my first coup d'etat. The angry rhetoric, tweets about cross-hairs and reloading, bricks through windows, etc. do not quite match to the sense of foreboding and dread that precedes all hell breaking loose.
So, no, we are not becoming Africa. But we need to watch it. It won't take much.