According to the BBC, at ‘least 268 of the 534 politicians in the Senate and House of Representatives had a net worth of $1m or more in 2012.’ Interestingly enough, Democrats are ‘slightly wealthier than Republicans’ as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. The net median worth for Washington politicians as a whole peaks at one million dollars, with the Democrats worth more than their Republican counterparts in government. 
This shows how morally bankrupt, how depraved, politics and by extension bourgeois democracy has become in the modern United States. This at a time when poverty in the U.S. has only grown since the 1960′s and 1970′s, decades which saw a significant movement of the oppressed in the form of the Black Panther Party and the early Revolutionary Communist Party of America (RCPUSA).
The years 2011 and 2012 saw the societal explosion that was the Occupy Wall Street Movement. As short lived as the protests proved to be, they forced the nation’s mainstream news media outlets to focus on the previously-ignored manifold issues brought up by the protesters; chiefly, and to a large extent, poverty and the growing powerlessness of the vast majority of Americans which tends to go hand-in-hand with the increase in poverty.
Free-market capitalism, the American Dream, representative democracy, etc. are just meaningless concepts in today’s America. According to a recent Reuters report, roughly fifty million U.S. citizens are considered poor. The U.S. Census Bureau has furthermore stated that as of 2012, 47 million people are living in poverty which corresponds to around fifteen percent of the population.  In the absence of such basic government aid as food stamps, which the Republicans want to slash, there would be even more people wallowing in dire poverty.  So much for government for the people, by the people.
The system that we live under is sick, sick with greed and apathy. Although I’m not a fan of the current RCPUSA, leaning as I do closer to the Kasama Project, its clear that the two organizations and the people in them share common goals. Primarily, how to get to socialism through revolution. Because, aye, there’s the rub: how do we finally put the means of production in the hands of those who create, how do we at once eliminate poverty while creating new forms of popular power answerable to the people? These crucial questions were faced by the Bolsheviks nearly a century ago, when soviet power seemed to offer up a solution in the form of rule from below by workers’, peasants’, and soldiers’ councils. The Russian revolutionaries also struggled, amidst a series of grave political, economic, and social crises, to realize workers’ control over industry. Our movement, here in the belly of the imperialist beast, has the potential to solve these problems and do much more.