"America is not dead yet! you cry. You’re right. But to resuscitate democracy must be nourished by reason, sanity, and decency. And if we are to renew it, we must invest in these things like we’ve never invested before. America didn’t water its democracy -- it didn’t: build better schools, make sure everyone had mental healthcare (or any healthcare), treat its own people with respect and dignity, build public media instead of Faux News, and so on. America’s sanity, reason, and decency dwindled. And thus it let the waters that should have nourished democracy become something like a billionaire’s fountain — pointless, useless, a decoration that signals who won, and who lost…a futile game. The tree of democracy withered..Does it have life left in it yet? Democracy is a living, breathing thing — and all living things needs nourishment."