Democracy in our country is dead, but you would not know it from reading the highly censored corporate-owned and controlled "news"/propaganda media.
If you look to foreign news or youtube or the general Internet or talk to friends in foreign countries that have a free press, you will understand that is is not rank and file cops, but their supervisors commiting what I think can only be called illegal brutality against the "occupy" movement.
The high-ranking police do this because they are ordered by their puppet-masters to do so. There is a huge disparity between what the general public wants and what the corporate lackeys in Congress and the corporate lackey Obama (following in the ubber corporate lackey W.Bush's footsteps) do. As Warren Buffet said in a recent interview, the USA is now a plutocracy, and that is a shame. Good writeup on a writer's arrest: I enjoy Naomi Wolf's work - a writer with reasonable views.
Our founding fathers warned us about banks and control of currency, control by the rich, etc. taking control of our country, but the right-wing extremists have removed civics from school curriculums, used total control of the media to scare people into giving up their rights as American citizens, and acted against the common good.
One Republican agenda is to make it difficult for the poor, the elderly without transportation, and students to register to vote, and their anti American "values" disgust me. Anyone who has anything to do with keeping American citizens from voting by making registration more difficult is an asshole. These are people who don't understand what our country is supposed to represent, or don't care.
One last comment: the un-educated are most easily swayed by right-wing propaganda, which is why I believe that our educational system has been deconstructed by those on the far right politically.
It is time for people who have self-identified as republicans and conservatives to speak up against the un-American right wingers who corrupt our political system. Barry Goldwater had great conservative ideals which I largely agree with, but I bet he is rolling in his grave in disgust by the current bunch of "conservatives."