Dylan Ratigan half-jokingly said we Americans "like to pretend we have democracy", but all the money going into politics really makes our system a complete sham. I thought it was terribly provocative to realize, hey wait, we don't even have DEMOCRACY? What the hell? I'm going to dwell on this point for a long time.
One of our problems is that people ingest propaganda and then fool themselves into thinking it's their own opinion. I think we have a facade of democracy, but not a genuine democracy (whatever that is).