Change can only come from within, I believe the self fulfilling prophecy rumored to be made by the Russian emissary long ago when he took off his shoe and banged the heel of it on the podium to determine a rhetorical fate. The historical fate is not necessarily a forecast but a seemingly a historical determination for lack of common sense that befalls all cultures and social arrangements, that will repeat history. It is recounted within historical documents and treatises purporting to record it, even those of the lay and commoners who lived during those periods recounting their daily thoughts, purposes and grievances. These documents would serve well many who live today to understand that the modern human is not necessary a better human but certainly better equipped to serve. History records many events and of course those many events have a version that suits the popular opinion of the day. A one and only form of democracy that is true to its creed, this form of democracy is one that was adopted through stealth and delusion. The US is run as an elective franchise and this can be determined very simply by reading each states preamble and acceptance to ascension into the federal union. This form of elective franchise is misunderstood and wrong at all levels while a true democracy has yet to be attained but we may certainly see the blue print in the form of its aspirational words. These mission documents have risen to public notoriety as a mission statement and in a form that is consistent with its purpose. They have yet to achieve any such form of such governance as it appears historically people generally prefer to have all the details and heavy lifting taken care of by the power brokers and revolving door system that has been the governance we have determined is the best. The truth is as you have stated we have regularly the token gesture of the greatest kabuki theater on earth in regarding who does what to whom, but it is not without purpose and those purposes are determined by secretive congressional and CFR committees who have powers of statute or municipal powers carrying the weight of predetermined law interpreted to achieve revenue and long term socialized controls. Certainly not freedom. True history will record the doctrine of potency in determining the WWII and post industrial growth into modeled corporatism. Were it not for more international Westphalian legal doctrines even the Australian aborigines,and likewise the native American would not have waited until the late sixties to be recognized as a form of human, instead of resource and fauna. Ironically the fact that US citizens identify is critical to understanding the historical fate of such a mindset determined by the federal reserve as not only a human resource but also one that is of a collective 'Lockean' mindset that needs the coercive controls and acceptance of a monetary system to determine its fate and that of its individuals. After all no commoners of real socio/political acumen are necessary in US democracy. Just the necessary wealth and attributes that lead one to conclude that money is everything. As a persoanl footnote to the level of thinking regarding historical events, I turn to a favored study regarding the Emperor Caesar Nero. In his time and with the dire economic situation not dissimilar to that of the US, he did not go mad, he as the omnipotent simply chose to practice the art of decimation, taking it to new level of popumation, by burning out his local metropolis and cutting down on the states need to keep its deadwood and unproductive populations draining the states entitlement to the revenue coffers. As a top heavy society the US despite is vast resources and technology is unable to sustain the burden and nmay too choose to manufacture destruction to offset the costs. The Lockean mindset and the popualtion formulation of control using the simple PAreto formulation applies so well and aptly. Peace does not generate fiscal growth. Chaos does.