Our form of government (US) is still a good idea. At least the way it was first conceived by our founders. Unfortunately it has degenerated from who has the support of the populace to who could afford the most votes. Not to say that we are selling votes but we are selling candidates. I believe with enough advertising you can get anyone elected. Makes sense, we are a nation of consumers.
But I do agree with you. I think, or hope sometimes, that our way of life is nearing an end. The tender is being laid down. Soon all we will need is a proper spark.
Or we fat & happy Americans will sit on our buts because we are complacent with the status quo. They will sell us the idea that "all is well" or "this is the way it has to be" for the (children/terrorists/common good). And we will accept it because we have been conditioned that way.