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I note that there is a poll coming up in the pipeline asking who can save the USA. So there is an assumption that the country is failing to hold itself together.
There are many signs that something serious is wrong, but is it a fair assessment that a saviour is needed?
It may be informative to look at another place where the system is really failing and there is no one to save it.
I wonder how informed the nerds are of major events happening in an inconsequential little nation a long way from the USA.
Is anyone here aware of the "Constitutional Crisis":http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/pngs-constitutional-crisis-set-to-continue/906008 currently under way in Papua New Guinea? At present the country has two prime ministers and two Police Chiefs, all fighting each other, and the Chief Justice was arrested yesterday.
I am not accusing anyone here of being xenophobic: just making a comment on the priorities of our news media.
PNG is a country having no consequence to the USA. Probably very few Americans could place it on a map - although hundreds of our soldiers and marines died there in 1942 and '43. They are not alone, because I recently asked some quite well (privately) educated Brits and they placed it somewhere in central Africa. Personally I think this fledgeling democracy, having an unsophisticated populace, and no left/right split in its politics, makes an interesting case study on the essential viability of one type of democratic system.
Some of the usual disruptors are not present and we can see more clearly the collapsing framework of a failing parliamentary system. It is all happening in a slow and relatively gentle way because this is not a revolution, or a military coup, or even an economic disaster, but a failure of the foundations of the system of government. Of course, the police and military have to step in when things get really bad, but in this case they reflect the problems, and are not causing them.
Perhaps the things that divide Americans into the conservative and centrist camps are actually giving our politics a stability through the predictability that they provide.
If it doesn't destroy us, them maybe it makes us stronger.
If the USA did not have the historical, social and wealth divisions that it does, would it be more or less stable?