How the once Republic survived THIS long...
We have been in a prolonged state of decline for many decades but few recognize just how much we have lost or that the rate of decline is accelerating. Its like the proverbial frog boiling in the pot.
Our government has strayed so far our founding principles it is something that will never be recovered given the profound demographic and cultural changes we have experienced.
To your point, the Republic has survived but it is not the Republic it once was. We have been transformed into something that would have been unthinkable several decades ago.