Sapere: Thanks for your thoughtful response. You are right on so many points. As many political analysts and historians have commented, this is not a partisan problem — it is fundamentally a constitutional one: whether or not we can sustain a democratic government that is fully transparent, representing the larger electorate, and working for the common good. Perhaps one of the most insightful perspectives on how we got here can be found in the brilliant documentary (and accompanying book): Requiem for the American Dream (available on Netflix streaming). Chomsky delineates the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power that have undermined representative government. Cheers.