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Coup d'e'tat - The Revolution Has Been Televised for Years

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So, put it all together and what emerges is a new Republican Party grasping to control all of the levers of power in order to have their way. This new governing party doesn't want majority rule when that includes the votes and opinion of people they don't like; people who don't share their distorted Christian values. Our most trusted democratic institutions, such as the FBI, NSA, the Justice Department, are under siege. They are beginning to crack. The status of the Judicial branch, and especially the Supreme Court, to save our democracy is about to be severely tested, and the prospects of salvation from the Court seems murky at best.

Here is how the revolution stands. We have embattled civil servants trying courageously and disparately to hold on to our great democratic institutions and the rule of law. We have one-half of the legislative branch clinging on to our democracy. They are just beginning to understand the fight they are in. They are trying to right the ship of state without the support they were expecting from the Neo-Republicans in Congress. We have the fourth estate locked in a massive counter-informational battle with alt-right media and foreign powers.

Faced with multiple constitutional challenges we pin our hopes on a deeply divided judicial system and Supreme Court, hoping that just one conservative Justice will rise above politics to save our Republic. But more importantly, we must rely on ourselves to see more clearly the threats we are under and rise up in mass to preserve majority rule. We must identify and defeat the enemies of democracy, both foreign and domestic. As Benjamin Franklin once warned us, we have a republic, "... if we can keep it."

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While the authoritarian grab for power in the GOP is proceeding full bore, I wish I could say the Democratic Party stands fully in opposition. Sadly, there are factions within the party that owe allegiance to a different strain of powerful wealthy elites. Thomas Picketty has done a good job of identifying these forces in his latest study http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/files/Piketty2018.pdf .

It used to be that the wealthy elite was mostly on the political right while the poorer folks were on the left, who tend to vote as Democrats in our case. Today, the ultra-wealthy class has bifurcated with the mercantile wealthy elite remaining on the political right and a highly educated class of wealthy elite moving to the political left.

As Picketty puts it: "The general conclusion is clear: we have gradually moved from a class-based party system to what I propose to label a "multiple-elite" party system."

The political self-interests of the multiple-elites our system are no especially at odds, meaning that Democratic Party interests have modified to accommodate these wealthy donors as well.

Picketty goes on to say: "In the 1950s-1960s, the vote for left-wing (socialist-labourdemocratic) parties was associated with lower education and lower income voters. It has gradually become associated with higher education voters, giving rise to a "multiple-elite" party system in the 2000s-2010s: high-education elites now vote for the "left", while high-income/high-wealth elites still vote for the "right" (though less and less so). I have argued that this can contribute to explain rising inequality and the lack of democratic response to it, as well as the rise of "populism".

Bottom line? The Democratic Party is not the hard-charging champion of the working class it once the case. And it is a bit compromised when it tries to oppose Republican initiatives that serve their wealthy donor base.

This has been obvious to many working families for some time, especially those in the mid-west who now have shifted voting for this right-wing Republican Party that panders to them by promising to implement some of their unpopular social issues.

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Intelligent people (a relatively small minority) saw all this coming years ago and were powerless to stop it. The villainy in leadership in the last 30 years is astounding and yet the average American citizen seems to be literally dumbed into a semiconscious state of awareness.

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