Contrary to popular opinion, our moneyed elite has no desire to destroy our democracy. Indeed, why would they? They have been extremely well compensated by being a part of the richest economic system in the history of the world. However, they do like to maintain control, and it seems that the procedure for accomplishing this is relatively straight forward in the U.S. version of a representative democracy, if rather time consuming to implement. To wit:
- Create a nearly exclusive two-party system that can be used to facilitate an “us vs. them” mentality amongst the voting public.
- Create a propaganda system which favors the side most closely aligned to your interests.
- Gerrymander congressional voting districts such that side most closely aligned to your interests is much more likely to win and retain control of those seats.
- Threaten those who win those congressional seats with an attack from the extreme wing of their party if they don’t fall in line with your policies.
- Occasionally pull the trigger on this threat to keep the fear alive.
The problem with this scenario, of course, is when you pull the trigger in step 5 too many times and, alas, find yourself with a significant, impossible to remove faction with nothing more to fear from the extreme wing of their party because they are the extreme wing of their party. Thus, our current situation: our moneyed masters have succeeded in creating a monster with nothing to fear.
Will they be able to succeed in bringing this monster under control in time to avert disaster? Will the voting public, in their rage and disgust, be able to overwhelm the gerrymandered advantage and reestablish democratic control, if only for a little while? Who knows? But we only have a couple of weeks to find out, and then things will become truly interesting.