“The plutocrats own this country because the American people have abdicated their power. Legislators do not act in the best interests of the people because they owe their seats to the donors. Or, in such cases as our President, the donors themselves are taking power.”
I agree, except the American people haven’t “abdicated” their power. Money is power, and in the last 200 years or so, the plutocrats have seized power. That seizure has debilitated our democracy. For example, the majority of Americans object to enactment of the Republican tax proposals, just as they object to the dismantling of the ACA and the assault on the environment. But those things are happening. A huge factor in this is the mainstream news media, which give lip service to ordinary Americans, but refuse to unmask the donors who are pulling the strings of the puppet politicians.
I remain optimistic. Even though Bernie Sanders was weak, and doesn’t seem that interested in unmasking the donors, if we can get more like him – hopefully younger, too – and if we can keep voices like Common Dreams alive, our democracy can recover from its current sad condition. What else can we do? As Churchill said, democracy is the worst system we know of, except for all the others.