Broken Democracy

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The history of America may well be written as the story of a people who delegitimized their own government and systematically dismantled their way of life. Over the last thirty-five years, a right-wing ideology has managed to convince working-class stiffs to hate their government, vote against their own interests and protect the very people forcing them to dig their own graves. In turn, a new concept of government has begun to emerge. Transforming what was once business, labor and government working together as complimentary pillars of society, to what can only be described today, as a hostile takeover of our system. This new form of corporate governance has used their vast wealth to infiltrate the republican party, influence policies, rig elections and deliver special privileges to themselves. Donald Trump personifies this emerging form of government; a self-dealing capitalist, who fuels a spiral of right-wing radicalism and the resurgence of white supremacy in an era of mass shootings. However, he is only a symptom of the perversion. The real threat is an increasingly radicalized corporatocracy who are using Trump to distract us from their agenda. This zealous regime understands that the only way to preserve their wealth, extend their influence and sustain their power is through two distinct strategies; first using divide and conquer tactics that distract the populace with issues of race, ethnicity, sex and religion. This ensures a majority will not coalesce and rise up against them. Second; rig the political system through gerrymandering, voter suppression and voter restrictions; with the specific purpose of maintaining a free, but unfair election process. This strategy serves two functions; by conflating capitalism with democracy, it aligns Libertarian economics with a militarized national-security state. Ensuring a corrupt regime can prolong its rule indefinitely by convincing enough paranoid conspiracists, to protect the nation’s “heritage” and the regime, who claims to represent that birthright, from the perceived threats of government oversight, migrants, socialism, taxation, environmentalism and social justice. Thereby, creating an endless stream of manufactured crises that virtually guarantees their loyalists will never join forces with the majority of Americans.

Although the emerging oligarchy has the wealth, the power and the influence. The one thing they lack and the thing they fear the most, is the collective vote. Therefore, a tremendous amount of power still resides with the people. Let us not forget the ultimate rule of democracy; it is fragile and depends entirely on the virtues of its citizens to persist.

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