The country and the people had undergone a profound change and they were ready for profound changes. The people were willing to try anything to end the status quo. The people were taking the first steps to radically reform their government and take control of shaping their futures.
Besides private campaign funding and a lack of term limits, gerrymandering was the most diabolical device used to perpetuate the status quo, keep career politicians in office and exclude the 99% from representing themselves.
In the 2016, $6.8 billion was spent on election campaigns for president and federal congressional seats. $6.8 billion. Obscene. At the same time, 15.4 million children in the U.S. lived below the poverty line. Meaning that 15.4 million children did not have adequate food to eat and did not eat three meals a day. $6.8 billion could have given every one of those children an extra $8.00 per week for a year for their school lunches.
The only way to break the perpetual cycles of money for promises and promises for money was to get the money out of the system and enact legislation in order that the same people could not perpetuate a broken system. Obviously. this was not in the best interests of the career politicians so they never did it.
By the beginning of the 21st century, serious fissures in the façade of a hopeful and prosperous future were starting to tear the U.S. apart.
In this world, there are two kinds of magic at work.