It seems to me that you are missing one important fact. You are not a typical american, if in fact the actions and ways of your country do not reflect those of yourself. Unfortunately for people like yourself Democracy does work. Capitalism does work. The sad truth is that those in Washington are doing what the people whant them to. If this were not true than then you would have to concede that Democracy does in fact not work. Because the people are not really governing themselves. On the other hand if you were to say that they do represent the people (which is most likely the case since we forgot that most of the country does support the actions of the empire) Then you are saying that democracy doesn't work because the people are not capable of ruling themselves. THis is just something to think about.