The government is broken. Our political system no longer functions. Extreme factions are factionalizing everything. All issues now have a partisan spin. Never before has this happened. Ever. Numerous learned, and unlearned, people produce charts and graphs to support these conclusions.
American exceptionalism, whatever that is exactly, is under attack by malefactors of every stripe. Not. What is exceptional about the Dis-United States of today is we think it is exceptional. Never happened before, et al. But this is not true.
The United States has never been a very united country. It’s too big and there are too many powerful factions, people, and groups. We think this is new but it isn’t. In the first term of the presidency of George Washington, the Whiskey Rebellion broke out. This was instigated by distillers in Western Pennsylvania who did not want to pay an additional tax which had been levied on whiskey.
Washington himself assumed command of a force of 15,000 state militia troops sent by various governors at General Washington’s request. By the time the soldiers arrived, the rebellion had fizzled out.
We hear this today from extremist elements in the US. They are going to rebel if taxes are increased. Snore. People have been threatening to do that since the beginning of the nation. In the next Congressional election, in 1801, the Democratic-Republican Party, forerunner of the Democratic Party of today, won a majority and repealed the tax.
This early incarnation of the modern-day Democratic Party was strongly opposed to the influence of bankers, industrialists, and investors. Sort of like today. Things don’t change as much as we think.