The United States currently faces the political equivalent of the "Western Front." Both sides have dug in deep. Poison plumes of rhetoric waft across a "no man's land" of ideological dementia.
Students of history know that WWI wrought years of horrific death and destruction. In the end, everyone lost and not much changed. That is the current political climate in this country. That will be its legacy.
Don't look for victory from an election. It's just another battle.
Don't expect prosperity to engender an armistice. It will become another weapon.
Don't imagine that politics or policy can resolve conflicts that we bear in our hearts.