No doubt, there are many factors, and opinions, that could be cited, as to how our country has arrived at this point in our history; but, please allow me to share a few of my general insights:
In The United States, indeed, every citizen should have the God-given right to vote; however, in our Federal Constitution, The framers gave The United States Congress 16 explicit, and Enumerated Powers, to which they could legislate; all other matters were to be left to the respective states.
Sadly, over the years, Congress has completely rejected these limitations; and, as a result, has allowed our country to be enslaved in debt; and, with trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, for so-called entitlement programs.
As a result, from their lack of prudence to our Constitution, our Congress has enabled the voters to vote for almost anything that any legislator could dream up! Therefore, while Congress has been constitutionally-elected, they have still set the stage for the voters to knowingly, or unknowingly, vote their fellow citizens out of their freedoms and property.
And, this is likely why we still have the ‘illusion’ that we have our Constitutional Republic; when, in fact, our Federal Government has been transmuted into a quasi-Socialist National Government.