The Republican Party has clearly sold its soul to moneyed interests (Wall Street, banks, and large corporations). Their agenda is clear and they have achieved a degree of unity that would be admirable if it were in the service of more noble aims.
Republicans have been working for over thirty years now to roll back or repeal the social programs put in place by Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. I remember watching President Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, let the cat out of the bag, while testifying on TV before a Congressional committee in the early 1980s. He said the plan was to cut taxes (always popular with voters) and increase military spending until the national debt grew to a level that made it impossible to fund social programs. They are frighteningly close to achieving their goal.
They have been aided and abetted in their efforts by some members of the Democratic Party. Although the support of moneyed interests for Democratic candidates is noticeably weaker than it is for Republicans, the plutocrats like to hedge their bets. And many Democratic candidates take their legalized bribes because they know they need to raise huge sums of money to buy the TV ads that have become necessary to win elections.
Although Democrats must give lip service to legislation that appeals to their base, many of them are quite willing to work quietly behind the scenes to see that legislation opposed by moneyed interests never comes to the floor for a vote.
Our government has already moved too far towards becoming a plutocracy, serving the interests of the wealthy at the expense of the common interest. However, one of the great things about our form of government is that, for better or worse, no battle is ever won and done.