It's Official: The USA Is A Banana Republic

According to Wikipedia (I know, but it's not like I'm writing my thesis here), a Banana Republic is a small country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture (e.g. bananas), and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy, and corrupt clique.

Today we have two Senators coming to the U.S. Senate that aren't welcome by opposing factions. We have Al Franken winning a Senate seat in Minnesota by a few hundred votes. Strangely, some precincts ended up having more cast ballots than voters who signed in. Go figure. Meanwhile in Illinois, the indicted governor selects a black man to fill the open Senate seat but the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, doesn't want him there and is willing to stop him from entering the Senate by force if necessary. And finally, in New York, we have an open Senate seat which many want filled by the daughter of a martyred president even though she's got the communication skills of most of my ex-girlfriends. We have the Obama's, Clinton's, Kennedy's and, to be fair, Bushes, running our government. If one goes down, it's expected that another be picked to replace them.

What the hell happened?