Aristocracy

Has America exchanged its representative republic for a hereditary aristocracy?  The small, privileged class that we draw our leaders from (particularly in regard to the Presidency) seems to be mostly Harvard-educated.  Worse yet, our choices are even more circumscribed: the Bush family or the Clinton family. Is it possible that we will have a Clinton or a Bush running the White House for the REST OF THIS CENTURY?  Even Barbara Bush has had enough:  “If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for higher office, that’s silly.” (Politico)

According to the Britannica, an aristocracy is “[g]overnment by a relatively small privileged class or by a minority consisting of those felt to be best qualified to rule.  Politically, as conceived by Plato and Aristotle, aristocracy means the rule of the best few, the morally and intellectually superior, governing in the interest of the people.  Such a form of government differs from the rule of one (monarchy or tyranny), of many (democracy or mob-rule), or of the selfish or militarily ambitious few (oligarchy or timocracy).”

What form of government do we really have now?  And why?

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