Boy, these people are slick. Payoffs, threats, and assassinations (?), but nobody ever talks about the "criminalization" (sorry, had to make up a word) of American politics.
Once upon a time, our country was only marginally contaminated by the virus of organized crime (hard to imagine, isn't it?), but that was before J. Edgar Hoover opened the floodgates of organized crime to prey on defenseless Americans. And ever since, organized crime has effectively been the REAL 3rd party in American politics.
If you're interested, there are scores of internet sites that examine how Hoover sold his soul to organized crime. Why? Well, it's probably better to read the sites since the story is long and convoluted, but basically it had to do with deals this piece of scum made with major crime figures to, let's just say, keep certain behaviors of his personal life from going public. Of course, when you make deals with the devil, you have the pay the price, and the price Hoover made was to turn the other way to allow the Mafia (etc.) to rape America.
Anyway, thanks to J. Edgar Hoover (it helps to wash out your mouth every time you say that name); American politics has been utterly contaminated with textbook criminals.
Granted, fascist elites are criminals too, but not really in the organized crime sense. Their strategy is to steal elections and buy the souls of Congressional Democrats and Republicans (and they come cheap!). They probably bought Nancy Pelosi at Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, Joe Biden, with his trashing of progressives and singing the praises of vampire rich Republicans may have been a twofer with Nancy.
But crime per se is a whole different thing. When your car is stolen, you don't think about Republicans (or maybe you do?). When robbed at gun point, this isn't part of an international political strategy (like elite fascism); it's just that the "world of crime" has penetrated your life.
Another way to say this is Organized Crime really doesn't give a rat's derriere about political values and policies, except insofar as they complicate the agendas of criminals. They have ZERO concern with our Constitutional Republic or patriotism or social morality, but they do clog the infrastructure of nearly all levels of our government.
If the vampire rich live like Greek Gods, criminals in government live like toxic mold. They're there, skimming off billions and billions (probably trillions) of our hard earned wealth, but people are either unaware of this fact or terrified to confront it.