The basic analysis has to be that, despite cosmetic differences, the left and the right at all levels of politics and governance in the United States are, first and foremost, members of a ruling class, and regard maintaining their perks, privileges, powers, and status in that ruling class as being of primary importance to them. The only thing members can always agree on is defending themselves and each other from assaults on the ruling class.
This is a recipe for tyranny, corruption, and fiscal collapse, all of which we see in full play in these dangerous and degraded times.
And when you’re plunging off the cliff, accelerating at 32 feet per second per second, it’s disheartening in the extreme to realize that even if all of present-day Washington were dispatched to Sheol, the replacements — or at least, those who have manifested a desire to assume that role — are unlikely to slow us down to any better than 29.5.
Still, Stein’s Law prevails: something that can’t go on forever, won’t. The only question is whether we stop at the bottom, or somewhere above.