IMO, America consists mostly of wolves and sheep. The wolves are capitalists, authoritarians, politicians, military, and law enforcement and the legal system. Most people are sheep. They are gullible obedient, fearful, and submissive. They ALL follow wolves, some on the right and some on the left. There are few independent, critical thinkers, and even fewer of them are leaders.
You are correct in asserting that this election will put America's characteer on display. In the 1940s, we supported FDR's social democracy. Since Reagan, we can't even agree that Fascism is bad. It's all a matter of which side invokes the most fear in the sheep. I'm really not sure how it will turn out but neither side represents the values I learned growing up in the 1950s.