We have entered a new and dangerous phase in American political life. The ruling political elites have been exposed as charlatans. The rage of the underclass, especially the white underclass, has broken its bonds. The age of the demagogues has arrived.
That's a quote attributed to Chris Hedges by Bob Lord at Blog for Arizona. Check out Lord's post on "Dark Days" for the reasoning behind his conclusion:
Have we hit bottom yet? Not even close. These are dark days. The days ahead are darker.
In part of his review of the shop of horrors known as the GOP, Bill Moyers asserts a diagnosis.
All of these sad examples are but symptoms of a deeper disease – the corruption and debasement of society, government and politics. It is a disease that eats away at the root and heart of what democracy is all about. Remember the opening phrase of the Preamble to the Constitution committing “We, the People” to the most remarkable compact of self-government ever – for the good of all? The Republicans are shredding that vision as they make a bonfire of the hopes that inspired it and, in the process, reduce the United States to a third-rate, sorry excuse for a nation.
Dark days indeed.