"The US is not a democracy"
When I first saw this phrase, some ten years ago, I thought is was just another of the many crazy ideas that inhabit the Tea Party. I supposed that the poor, benighted fools had flunked their Fifth Grade Civics classes. I was silly enough to try to explain things to them...
A few years later, I realized that "the US is not a democracy" was an essential bullet-point in every hard-right politician's discourse. The phrase was not a mistake: it was a project.
The elections of Barack Obama masked the progress of the anti-democracy movement, but in fact it advanced without respite. The House became a permanent Tea Party bastion in 2010, after post-census redistricting made most seats impregnable. The Senate followed in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Roberts Court blatantly empowered wealth.
Neither party can accomplish anything now, but since crippling the Federal government is a goal of the Tea Party, these circumstances a win for them.
So today, "the US is not a democracy" is no longer a project. It is a fact. The US is not a democracy. It is a plutocracy. Power resides exclusively with the wealthy.
There is much irony here.
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, giving way to "The American Century".
America squandered its century in foolish Middle East intervention, while its institutions and ideals decayed at home.
And China rises...
I wonder how long it will take for most Americans to realize that they are powerless.