We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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.
Reminds me of Gibbon's opening paragraph in the "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire":
"Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury. The image of a free constitution was preserved with decent reverence: the Roman senate appeared to possess the sovereign authority, and devolved on the emperors all the executive powers of government."
You can weep with despair or you can get angry and act!
Say what you want about Donald Trump personally. (I do not really care what he stands for as a politician or as a man.) What I do care about is that he has fanned those flames of anger, letting those across the political and class spectrums see that they do not stand alone in their anger and discontent.
Remember, one of the key tactics of the Proggy Left (as taught by Alinsky) is to isolate their opposition by making them each feel individually as if they stand alone in their discontent and therefore they are weird and at odds with or different from the majority.
Trump breaks those politically-correct barriers of isolation, reaching across all the artificial Alinskyite barricades, establishing and showing that individual members of disparate groups are really standing with each other, in full majority opposition to the Establishment, Progressive and Proggy-Lite, i.e. the Republicans as currently constituted.