J. Reid - there are several inaccuracies in your letter that need to be corrected.
First, Democrats love gerrymandering when they get to do it. Just looks a California, Maryland, and New Mexico. The liberal website Daily Beast has a great article on how Democrats use gerrymandering to marginalize Republicans in these states and more(https://www.thedailybeast.com/democrats-hate-gerrymanderingexcept-when-they-get-to-do-it
) A fe.deral court in Maryland just sided with Republicans saying that the Democrats gerrymandering in Maryland was unconstitutional and the lines must be redrawn. So, to say that this is a Republican only problem is disingenuous.
Second, there is no voter suppression in North Dakota, Georgia, or North Carolina. The Supreme Court decided that the North Dakota voter I.D. law is constitutional in a 6-2 vote, with liberal justices Breyer and Sotomeyer siding with the majority that the law is constitutional. In Georgia the state removed 107,000 voters who had not voted in the previous two elections AND did not respond to request from local election boards about keeping their registration active. The same thing happened in democrat states like Colorado, which has removed over 700,000 voters from their rolls in the last decade, but liberals don't seem to mind when their party has control. In North Carolina the voters of the state approved an amendment to the constitution that requires an I.D. to vote, which is their right. When making criticisms, you should be fair and look at democrat states as well. New York is famous for voter suppression, requiring independents to switch party affiliation 8 months before primaries if they want to vote. Here is a great article on Democrat's suppressing the vote: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-democrats-suppress-the-vote/
Third, your massive amounts of corporate spending may not be going where you think it is. According to Open Secrets, not only did Democrats outspend Republicans by $455 million in the 2018 election, but 10 of the top 15 organizations in the 2018 election gave 97% or more of their money to Democrats, including 4 corporations owned by liberals and 5 unions.
Fourth, you go onto say that "some leaders," again singling out Republicans, are acting by autocratic means. You ignore Obama's executive orders that allowed wonton bombing of Muslim countries, his policy that allowed the use of drones to kill American citizens overseas without trial, the administration collecting the email and phone records of millions of Americans on a daily basis, and the fact that Obama only let about 50,000 refugees into the U.S. annually (in line with Trump) until it was Election Year in 2016 and he opened the floodgates. And remember, it was Obama in 2014 who said, "I've got a pen and I've got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward." After all, why would Obama need Congress for?
Fifth, the United States has never been a democracy, which is a direct vote of the people, rather we are a representative republic, which is completely different. Why are we not a democracy? Because the Founding Fathers feared rule by the mob. And while the top earners in the United States, like liberals George Soros, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerburg, Michael Bloomberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin earn a lot of money, the rest of us have seen a massive increase in personal wealth over the last century as the size of the economic pie has gotten bigger and bigger.
Sixth, the middle class in the U.S. is, according to Pew Research, still larger and wealthier than Europe's overall. You also have to consider that, simply because someone is currently in one "class" or another, it does not mean that they will remain there forever. People move up and down the "class" structure all the time, so it is not stagnant. In fact, most of the people in the top 10% are nouveau rich, earning their wealth in the last 50 years. And I think it is just silly for you to say, with even the poor in the United States owning cars, having air conditioning, and access to 2,000 calories a day, that the U.S. workforce is anywhere near Third World conditions. To compare the U.S. workforce to the tens of thousands of under nourished and malnourished people in the bottom billion of the world does those individuals an incredible disservice.
Finally, I agree that the "American electorate is poorly or erroneously informed, distracted by entertainment and consumerism, and unwilling to think beyond long-held but no longer meaningful political allegiances." I disagree why that is. I tend to think it is because of a poorly run public education system, controlled by teacher unions and Democrats who promise the public access to government programs in exchange for their votes and loyalty.