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The fall of American democracy?

Two Vox links:

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/2/8120063/american-democracy-doomed

"The breakdown of American constitutional democracy is a contrarian view. But it's nothing more than the view that rather than everyone being wrong about the state of American politics, maybe everyone is right. Maybe Bush and Obama are dangerously exceeding norms of executive authority. Maybe legislative compromise really has broken down in an alarming way. And maybe the reason these complaints persist across different administrations and congresses led by members of different parties is that American politics is breaking down."

with several examples of "constitutional hardball".

and http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8120965/american-government-problems

tl;dr: gridlocked Congress (fueled by increasingly polarized and ideological parties), growing presidential power to fill the gap, backed by an increasingly partisan judiciary. Hey, we're lucky our system survived this long, most presidential ones don't.

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