We can write the obituary for our American Democracy. It died January 21st, 2010, with the Supreme Court ruling for Citizens United v. FEC. From this day forward, there are no limits on the money that large or even multi-national corporations may use to control elections. However much money a candidate can raise, corporations will be able to overwhelm that campaign with legal media buys. In less than a decade, all elected officials will be vassals of corporations. Instead of Democracy we will have Fascism: The marriage of government and business under authoritarian rule.
Of course we will not notice much of a change at first. The elections will seem much the same. A few of your favorite shows will go away but there will be plenty of interactive, sports, and reality shows. There won’t be much media chatter about the bad economy except to blame it on some radicals. Where you had a house, your kids will only be lucky to afford an apartment. Many of your friends and relatives will fall on hard times but it will not be reflected in the news, which will talk instead about the patriotic necessity to sacrifice for the war.
There will really be only one party, with the two wings called the Democrats and Republicans. Only corporate-vetted candidates will be on ballots and elections will be electronic and privatized. Government positions will be patronage for loyal corporatists. Corporations will be able to write or change any law to suit their purposes. All facets of government will be repurposed for corporate use. Public safety nets such as Social Security and Medicare will be quietly eliminated. Constitutional rights will disappear because no one will defend them.
You think this is fiction? It is already happening. Who is going to stop it?