The US shut down/shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, we ignore the consequences, and the US maintains its overall downhill slide.
Democracy? What people hope for is legitimately representative government. Republicans represent the interests of the rich, Democrats represent the interests of the middle class and the rich, and no one represents the rest of the country today.
On the election, the Dem voting base had long consisted of the poor and middle class, workers and the jobless, for the common good. The Clinton wing split this base wide apart. The years of this administration confirmed that the split is permanent. Democrats selected the most anti-poor, anti-New Deal candidate they could find. And that's the situation we're dealing with today.