Some days, I agree with this opinion. Some days, I’m more optimistic. But, as to a coup having occurred…it has in terms of the way in which the balance of power between judicial, executive, and legislative branches has gotten so weighted down to the advantage of the executive branch.
The problem is the all-out attack on citizens from all corners: environmental, cultural, social, economic, etc. It freezes you. You don’t know where to put your efforts, what to fight first, and where to fight it.
My only thought is that the US is too big and diverse for Bush and his cronies to ruin or rule all of it.