The American political system is in shambles. Democracy is on the brink not only in the United States, but also in the rest of the western world that is losing faith in the broken political structure. The Working Class and Middle Class who work day in and day out are feeling the squeeze of a system that does not serve their interests but only those who have the money and accessibility to influence policy and law. Corruption at the government level and the inability for political parties to fulfill promises and take action has left the western world and especially in America in dismay. Democracy is dying in the west and the idea of participatory government may very well be coming to an end. I cannot speak for the European nations but I do feel they are in the same boat as the United States.
The United States Republic is in a constant state of failure. Influences of greedy corporations in finance, oil, defense, technology, and other numerous special interests has left the common citizen in disllusionment in their own society. Nation is scattered, divided, and most importantly leaderless. The few politicians who do speak the truth and wish to act are only victims of the system because they are unable to do so. The people have lost faith in government. They feel they are paid too much and do nothing for them. Government wastes money and resources for the benefit of their own re-elections and future positions with industry. One would think that people would act on such a loss of faith and enable a democratic revolution. Which may indeed may still occur, but unfortunately the people are either not aware or if they are they will not complain until the majority are truly suffering. Democracy is procrastinating and the great test of survival is coming.
It is clearly evident in the United States. Voter turnout is low, but educated and reasonable debates about serious issues and policies is practically non-existent in the country. CNN, Fox News, and MSNCB are dumping out garbage day in and day out, avoiding serious dilemmas, or even better yet promoting elitist propaganda. Merging between corporatism and government has lead to a powerful elitist government. Where the majority in the Senate are billionaires and the lack of regulation on campaign expenditure has lead the nation to have “career” politicians who are wealthy and rich. Are these the people who are supposed to have the interest of the poor at heart? Granted just like the Roman Empire and other tyrannies there have been occurrences of elite families and individuals who may not have been perfect but did in fact had the general welfare in mind. The Founding Fathers of the United States could be used as an example even if they are over glorified and imperfect. They were people who tried to do their best given their time period and social circumstance. At least they did much better than the very people today who are crushing the poor and middle class and sucking all the wealth to the Top 1% while financing a global empire with the blood and labor of the American people.
This can only lead to very radical consequences. Unlike another other crisis points in U.S history such as World War II this will have even greater consequences across the global community. More importantly human history will forever be changed mainly because two assumptions were made post WW-II and especially after the fall of the Soviet Union. Capitalism is the best system for humanity and democracy (free societies) it is the best system so far created. Time will test these two pillars of the late 20th century and early 21st century. Now can these principles survive through a transformation for the better? Of course, but can they also take a turn for the worse that itself is also a possibility. Can both of these ideals be discarded by humanity and something anew take its place. Yes, but whether that gives a positive outlook or just one filled with more war and fear is yet to be seen. My deepest fear is that humanity takes a turn for the worst and the people embrace ignorance, hate, prejudice, and escapism. Those lead to dark places filled with suffering, despair, and unhappiness. Human destruction lurks down that path. My sincerest wish is that humanity moves in a progressive fashion, and leaves behind unnecessary baggaged to formulate a new society in which individuals are ready to brace the challenges of the 21st century. A second dark age would be disastrous in my opinion. It is time for humanity to take its first step forward.