WE CALL IT DEMOCRACY
Most folks don't pay much attention to politics anymore. They've given up, they are depressed (financially and emotionally), likely on meds, and long ago determined that it was a waste of time to fight city hall.....let alone the feds. But they do care, worry about things, and some of them even mouth off at work or in the local bar. People are indeed agitated.
Years ago (god why didn't I save the link?) I found a story that reported the oil-i-garchy's strategy was to make politics so dirty, so ugly, and so dominated by big $$$$, that the public would not go near it thus giving Mr. Big virtual control. They are close to the goal now.
Sooner or later though Mr. & Mrs. Average in the US will have to get engaged due to the overabundance of shit they are eating these days - literally and figuratively. The remaining question is when they do engage will they be non-violent or make the mistake to 'let loose' using guns. We tried Civil War back in the 1860's and it was a disaster. Virtually every town in Maine has a Civil War statue on the town green with the names of local boys who died.
Democracy at home has been "occupied" by Mr. Big and now he's set his sites on the rest of the planet. One effective tool that is being used is called the National Endowment for Democracy. They spent $100 million or more on the Ukraine project. They are destabilizing democracy around the world each day. Take a look at the board of directors here. The names that jumped out to me included Elliott Abrams, Norm Coleman, Zalmay Khalilzad, Vin Webber and Robert Zoellick. All big time neo-con operatives.
But we get to decide what is right, and what is an illusion.