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Is the American Democratic civilization dying? Why are our electors no longer listening to their constituents? Is plutocracy ruling the US?

Question: Is the American civilization dying? Are we, in reality, being ruled by a plutocracy? Is mankind doomed as a species because we, ignorantly, believe we are the superior species on this planet and have the capacity to control everything? Yes or no to these heavy questions from a 76 year old codger.

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    Aug 4 2013: no its not dying. we are just waking up to the fact that this is how the business in government has been done for years. we are no longer a nation of people who are easily fooled. A population of educated citizens is a danger to our electives officials . Not only are we far more educated, we have access to others voices, opinions, ideas, view points not only in our county but, an entire world. The age of self-serving electives is slowly (way to slowly)but surely coming to and era I wish we never be visited again.
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      Aug 27 2013: We are not "people who are easily fooled"?
      The evidence points to the opposite conclusion.

      The fact that the biggest spender almost always wins US elections, the fact that bumper stickers, glib stump speeches and mindless 15 second TV spots actually work and sway voters, all point to an electorate that's easily led. Far from having the education necessary to make a success of the difficult enterprise that democracy is, the education of most US voters has not taught them to distinguish good argument from bunkum. A well-educated voter is not affected - except negatively - by a candidate's effort to sway him/her with empty rhetoric, but examines the issues with care, immune to variations in campaign spending. We don't have that electorate, and it will be a long time before we do.
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        Aug 27 2013: Thanks for reply Paul. No we aren't fooled. This political machine has grown so huge, so antiquated. let's start by getting ride of the middle guy, the electoral college

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