Its said that history constantly repeats itself although in different form. We were once ruled by Kings and Queens with rich factions vying to be the next King or Queen. The elite were in a constant state of war often using the emotions and hopes of the serfs to get themselves into a state of power. However, most people just prattled along within their meager existence, occasionally turning out for a good beheading in the city square.
Well, I think we are back to the year 1500 in a 21st century way, particularly here in the US. Groups of rich individuals trying to install their chosen king or queen and thereby themselves become part of the Court. The people (voters) as typical being used as fodder in their games of power. Today's allies and friends are tomorrow's enemies and competitors. Remember pre Trump 2012 (when he began his birther movement) the Clintons and Trumps socialized and often ran in the same circles. Once Trump was a serious threat to the Clinton dynasty (the classic interloper) the war was on. Bush, Walker, Rubio were simply wannabes that couldn't command the stage. Even when the battle is lost the losers continue their plotting for the next battle.
I believe that in 2018 more Americans will give up any hope that government of either party will ever resolve issues. If problems are solved it will come from the private sector or happen as a circumstance of something else. Instead, like the serfs of 1500 most Americans will attempt to lead and improve their lives the best they can within a system designed for the very few.
Of course, the "politically active" will only get more vocal. Just like the town criers that would read some edict in the town square during the days of Henry the 8th. Most peasants were simply working too hard on the farm to notice or care. Most Americans will simply be too buy watching Netflixes or game boarding or more increasingly working three part time jobs to notice or care. The latter now becoming the prevailing means of modern serfdom.
Voter turnout will dwindle despite the town criers and court jesters making it the event of the season. The Kings and Queens, prospective Kings and Queens and their henchmen and henchwomen will continue to bellow even louder as more of the population turns away. In 2016, fewer people voted for Trump or Clinton than Obama or Romney, a sign that more Americans are figuring out the reality of what candidates say and what they end up doing.
From time to time one faction will be able to totally embarrass another. The situation will play itself out in public in the most brutal form with the loser suffering untold humility. Just like that beheading I talked about above most Americans will tune in for the entertainment value. They did it with Monica Lewinsky and Trump's Access Hollywood tape. They're to it again when another salacious event presents itself.