In 2010, Republicans swept to huge victories nationwide, propelled by the Tea Party surge that promised to remake the governing landscape. Yet, as more radical right elements have taken power in the USA and actually started passing laws in alignment with their no-tax, no-welfare, ideology, a pushback is taking place.
The left, or what is now really the center of the country is demanding that extremist measures such as union-busting, and Jim Crow-style election laws, be repealed and that the radical lawmakers the people had only installed this year should be recalled.
The result is increasing legislative gridlock in those places where power is shared by the two major parties, especially in Washington DC in the national government, and increasing despair as the divided nation realizes it is rapidly becoming ungovernable.
Democracies that flail away at hopeless political divisions such as the USA is currently experiencing open themselves up to the threat of demagoguery (already in plentiful supply) or in the worst case intervention by the military to impose dictatorial order.
Such an outcome for the nation with the largest nuclear stockpile in the world would be a deeply troubling development for the USA and the world.
A chief cause of the erosion of desirable probabilities for American outcomes, is that American electoral choices have been diminished or reduced into two brands of what is essentially the same product—a government bought and controlled by rich corporations and individuals whose interests are not those of the American people.
The Supreme Court, whose Republican majority favors the view of corporations as “people”, recently greatly enabled the process of rich interests purchasing the American government by its “Citizens United” ruling, which overturned corporate spending limits in American election campaigns.
However, despite the Republican lead to the bottom on these critical issues, both Democrats and Republicans have conspired to bring about the diminution of the American democracy, which it should be noted has always, since the crafting of the Constitution, been written to favor the interests of the wealthy class of citizens over all others.
Short of a 21st-century constitutional convention, where the American people can rethink and recharter the basic assumptions of the nation to better suit its modern reality and to adddress its terribly unjust divisions of wealth and power, the growing and unworkable divisions in the USA lead us every day closer to dictatorship or civil war—or both.