Every time voters are confronted with a choice between two designees anointed by the plutocratic elite, democracy suffers. Although corruption is rampant at the state and local levels, too, there is still a decent chance of electing candidates whose motive is to serve the best interests of their constituency, even when these conflict with the narrow private interests of the wealthy and powerful. Democracy survives at the grassroots level, but based on the "choices" presented to voters in the past three decades of presidential elections, a reasonable case could be made that it's just about time to "stick a fork in it."

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