When was this ever not true?
I would like to point out that America has become a nation of fence sitters. Instead of holding strong to a personal conviction, we see which way the wind blows and then go with the flow.
One of the most startling problems with phony conservatism is the pretense that somehow people have “changed,” usually quite recently. For example, the unhealthy obsession with 1950s culture that pervaded the 1980s was embarassingly stupid. Today, the overt historical ignorance of “conservative” commentators is still on display.
The reactionary belief that human nature has recently changed for the worse is the flip side of the romantic belief that human nature will soon change for the better. Both are symptomatic of insular, egotistical idealism.