That's what Breitbart used to claim. However, with a large enough government, government impacts culture too.
Anyway, Christopher Taylor feels sad. (h/t American Digest): WHY ITS OVER: "A republic, if you can keep it."
Technically, the USA is still around, of course. We have the framework, sagging and rotted as it is, of what the country means still in place. There are the habits of a Republic still here. Technically we still vote. In name at least we have representatives in office. All of it still looks more or less the same. Its just been gutted, like the shell of an insect that has been burrowed out from within by parasites.
The only direction this nation goes from here on out is away from liberty, away from the founders, away from the great experiment, and toward inevitable failure and tyranny. There's only one vector, even if it staggers a bit once in a while.