Money is the end of democracy. "The Rule of Law" is such a good idea, but it comes in a distant second to the idea of compound interest. That's the best idea! That's the idea that transformed the world. With enough money, you can buy the law makers, and the law enforcers, and do whatever you want to do, and put whomever you want out of business, however that term may be interpreted. Money rules the rule of law. And makes a joke of democracy. And democracy doesn't have a fix for that. Democracy can make all the laws it wants, but if they aren't enforced, or if they are enforced unequally we have an oligarchy, not a democracy. The United States is run by an oligarchy of business and industry, which could be thought of as an international mafia, with the wealthiest of the wealthy pushing the buttons and flipping the switches, buying politicians and law enforcement agencies and "contractors" to do their will, while We The People wonder why nothing is being done about the water pipes, and the sewage pipes, and the minimum wage which hasn't been raised since 2009, and it was a pittance of an increase then. If you think the wealthy will ever be taxed at a level commensurate with their actual income, you need your reality assessor adjusted. The wealthy are in charge of loophole distribution, and enforcement application, and money runs the show. And then, there is global warming. Napoleon had his Waterloo. And you can't eat money. Or drink it. Or breathe it. Money is having a nice little run, but it is running to its own demise. Like the lemming's rush to the sea. Not that that is going to matter to anyone, what with the sea rushing to us, and all. A fitting end to wasted opportunities and possibilities. What if we had done it the way it needed to be done? Where would we be then? Not here, now. For sure.