The problem as I see it is that the 'democratic' power of the people is seen as the solution to all our problems through political activism. The founders detested democracy, though we now present our form of government as a democracy. We are a representative republic, not a democracy. Democracy always eats itself and fails. The rule of law of the constitution is what constrains democracy. Politicians exploit the people. The media has become dominated by activist ideologues.
The price of all the 'free stuff' promised by politicians is individual dignity and self respect. It has become a national disgrace.
I think Mr. Jacob missed it on this one.