The right thinks that Obama is a Muslim, foreign born, socialist, and “the left” has been so cowed (and demeaned) as to think that anyone that is “reasonable”, is the only alternative to absolutely and completely, and totally certifiable “other side”. Neoliberalism, austerity, the banksters, and the prison and military-industrial complexes, concomitantly, inevitably rule the day! Until the next round of elections, of course, when the ignominious and; indeed ignoble charade — will, most undesirably and unsatisfactorily, begin anew again!
A dictator certainly often rules via a police state and a iron fist, but even most dictatorships are somewhat wary of their potential overthrow; and the ensuing unrest that can be imbued by a completely indifferent government. By the alleged approval of the populace the American system, thusly, takes care of all of that! And so therefore, the American political elite is self-serving, and; furthermore self-centered, and no doubt many of the politicians probably actually believe in the sham elections, and probably actually think that they have some legitimate mandate to legislate. (Many Western European countries are, of course, multi-party democracies and don’t have a Tweedlee, Tweedledum “two” party system to “represent” their constituents.)
So the vicious cycle inevitably continues, of two parties — with essentially one prescription for the country — taking election after election, and implementing an agenda that responds to the 1%. A democracy in name only — that I certainly think, more than appears to be akin to a fake, phony (and decidedly undemocratic) one-party state.