Before leaving WA, I had decided that the late and eminent Professor Carroll Quigley was correct when he stated in his book, Tragedy and Hope, (somewhat paraphrased here) "The tragedy is that we no longer have a representative government in this country, and in most countries; the hope is that the little people will come to accept that...because there is nothing they can do about it." [emphasis added]. Quigley used the term "little people" because he considered himself in the company of the unelected elitists who control/influence our politicians. He was a respected macro-historian, Bill Clinton's mentor at Georgetown U., and in no way a "nut" or "conspiracy theorist". He called the dynamic group that actually runs this country the Roundtable Group. John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, calls the group the Corporatocracy.
I doubt seriously that most Republicans and most Democrats have read either of the books cited above...and if the authors are correct (personally, I believe they are), that means that the majority of voters in this country are completely unaware of the fact that it matters very little who gets elected in this country. The Corporatocracy controls 99% of our politicians. The unelected elitists who actually run things think way above concepts such as Repub v. Dem or Conservative v. Liberal. Those are Machiavellian tools used to control and placate the masses (Quigley's "little people"). And it works like a charm.
In the early '90s, David Rockefeller (a self-admitted member of the Corporatocracy) publicly disclosed all that I described above. He said that people were now sophisticated enough to understand the value of a world government run by corporatists...which is the goal of the Roundtable Group (or, Corporatocracy). The world government he envisions has nothing to do with the U.N., but would: 1) be for the good of the people (of course, sure, you bet); 2) would be run by unelected CEOs of multi-national companies; and, 3) would still retain the facade of individual countries and governments.
You may still have faith in the American system, but if Rockefeller, Quigley, and Perkins are correct (and I believe they are), then the American system no longer exists...it only appears to exist. Meanwhile, American voters are distracted by red herrings such as the battle of the Repubs v. the Dems, and the philosophical struggle of the Conservatives v. the Liberals.
I lay all this out not because I'm trying to convince you of its veracity, but rather because it explains why---after 52 years of being a keen observer of American politics---I'm no longer interested in American politics. [I say, "52 years" because my interest began with Mr. Benson's American Govt class in 1956. I proudly wore my "I Like Ike" button. :) ] The whole thing is a charade; the good news is that the charade is becoming more and more obvious.