America, on so many levels, is going in the direction of what is known as illiberal democracy. It is a form of authoritarianism which claims to have democratic elections but is really controlled by a certain class, party, or individual.

No, I am not just referring to the political right or left, but rather the nation as a whole.

In George Washington's farewell speech, he warned:

> [Political parties] are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

I believe we are seeing this today. The engines of the political parties in power today have become as Washington outlined. They are subverting the power of the people to control the government themselves. They are now destroying the means by which they have obtained their power.

Again, this isn't about any specific situation, event, or party. It is an observation on the political state of our "United" nation, and, I believe, the whole world.



Correction on defining illiberal democracy: it doesn't necessarily mean one party has control. It means more that whatever happens in government is not public and has limited checks and balances. It's not "liberal" in the sense that it does not respect individual liberties.

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