You are correct. The problems now are fundamental and go back to the origins of America. Trump and the Republican criminal organization are the symptoms of the terminal phase of the chronic disease.
I’ve come to realize that, until the 21st century, we had greater maladies that periodically erupted covering the based condition. Also, for all of that time, we did not have the means of communication that was not managed from the center. Media have always been a very limited number of voices fully vetted by the ruling elites in various forms but all allied.
That broke down at the end of the 20th century and power has been quickly slipping away from the old elites. This drove the US Republican Party into full racist, sexist criminality in order to hold onto their only segment of the population. Without the mass of less educated, parochial, and heavily indoctrinated white racist population they have nothing. That is desperation.
No wonder there is no longer a pretense of democracy or process in those states with Republican control as in the US Senate. Power is all that matters.
In a normal world Trump would be pitied and considered handicapped and mentally ill. He has, unfortunately, been placed as the front for the powers who do not want to carry the responsibility for what they are doing. Trump is a distraction and weapon being cruelly used.
We no longer have a normal world. There are troubling harmonies with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The remnants of humanity become overshadowed by the power to destroy and the horror that represents. Those that are threatened and forced to suffer, in the end, act to remove the threat.
If it can be done via the existing system that would be best. I, and many others, see far too many indications that the vote is not possible. The corruption and tools for manipulation are too pervasive. Trump keeps calling for Russian help again and Moscow Mitch is owned by the same Russian forces who see benefit in the destruction of this country. This is the new world of wars of conquest via media manipulation. We are already staggering.
No value in feeling sorry for Trump and expecting a different result from the broken electoral system is a thin hope. Every effort to prevent foreign manipulation of our voting systems has been blocked and nothing is being done. Why do you think that is?