The elite class in the US is mirrored in the Roman Patrician class. During the high period/Golden Age of Rome, many of the competent citizens, disgusted with what they saw, leaving for the provinces to make a new life, far from the Appian Way. Reading the history (abbreviated) of the Roman Emperors beyond Augustus and his Pax Romanus shows that they ended in suicide, regicide, or being smothered in a pile of dirty laundry. They seized power alternately with the support of the Spanish Legions, German Legions, Praetorian Guard (several times), usurped, assassinated, occasionally inherited and so forth. And during much this time, there was a Roman Senate seated. Presumably they were elected.
In Rome, the republic was betrayed long before Julius Caesar, but he was pivotal as was Trajan, where the Roman Empire reached its apex in territory and wealth. The transition to empire means the end of meaningful elections. Some argue that the USA is there now, but I think that we are teetering. The FBI coup attempt (or ‘insurance policy’) is the first we’ve experienced as a nation but the corrupt, co-opted, lying mainstream media’s endless stream of propaganda has served to deflect the moment when the Deep State, working in concert, almost deposed an elected president. As the elite compounds its mistakes in an orgy of failure after failure, spending and borrowing endlessly, they panic because their prerogatives are not safe. It happened in Rome and it is happening two thousand years later. The same, and not the same.
In a nation abounding in wealth, employment, food, and peace, finding a grievance that works is a challenge and that challenge is taken up by the best and brightest lawyers in government and the best and brightest lawyers out of government. Working together collaboratively, they create the “reality” that the mainstream media distributes by way of propaganda. The elite refer to themselves as ‘stakeholders’ and the great unwashed between the coasts are client/pawns.
The client pawns with a remnant of power that the elites did not calculate into their process voted Donald Trump to be president, rejecting the carefully crafted, pre-anointed, and infinitely corrupt Hillary Clinton. Is it any wonder that the reaction, the failed coup, the FBI insurance policy managed by adulterous fools, chatting about their conspiracy through government e-mail servers created such a dust-up among the elites.