Exactly. What we have is a unitary, diffuse monarchy that is much smarter than the general voting population.
The Democrat/Republican party dichotomy is nothing but an illusion, intentionally manipulated by a united political ruling class to split the public and keep them arguing over simplistic, divisive social issues.
"Conservatives" who vote for Republican candidates over issues such as gay marriage and abortion are just as much to blame for the loss of our Republic as are "liberals" who vote for Democrats over issues like gay marriage and abortion.
We're playing right into their hands, because while NONE of them give a rat's ass about these issues, our squabbling over them keep us distracted from what they are really doing.