I personally don't believe this country is past the point of no return for one reason. We still have the freedom to talk to each other and persuade each other of different viewpoints. That's illegal in countries that are past the point of no return. As long as there is freedom if speech there is hope. Now that the elections are over, politics should be put (temporarily at least) on the shelf. What we need to do now is educate our fellow Americans in history, civics, and especially economics. If the American public becomes educated, we won't have to donate till we're broke and campaign ourselves to death just to get a few measly political scraps. The politics of this country will get straightened out when and only when the people of this country get straightened out.