As a nation we have become dependent upon political system that views most Americans as a means to an end. The people tasked with serving, no longer see their jobs as a way to work on behalf of the nation. The job of an elected official, especially on the national level, has devolved to convincing us that moves made to benefit wealthy corporations, be it by passing legislation or failing to do so, were actions taken on the behalf of the average person. In part that also requires sharing power between the only two parties Americans are allowed to vote for, and become a part of, thus the two parties need to constantly keep us focused on two parties only. We need to be convinced that our being denied real choice is also for our own good, otherwise we may begin to elect people that could threaten their business of working for a very small group of wealthy corporations and being good at pretending it's really about us.
The tempo of events in Syria has increased in recent weeks. The government forces have scored significant battlefield victories over the rebels, and this has provoked a number of responses from the U.S. and its anti-Assad allies: a mixture of war provocations and peace offers.