The United States is partially governed by a deep state: undemocratic, secret, aligned with intelligence agencies, spying on friend and foe, lawless in almost every respect. If this doesn't constitute a coup d'etat, it's hard to imagine what would.
Talk about irony: it has just been reported that Edward Snowden has sought diplomatic asylum with none other than tiny Ecuador. It seems, then, that Snowden will tread the same path as WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for over a year.
The architects of behavior will thus be warranted in telling the people
that they can win back the confidence of the government only by redoubled efforts.
Would it not be easier in that case for the government
to dissolve the people and elect another?