People are missing this point: over the past 150 years America has transformed into Amerika.
Individuals don't have consistent principles. They do have the ADD capacity to embrace contradictory political positions in a whimsical fashion - without any forethought beyond immediate gratification.
Established "professionals" in the two dominant parties represent totalitarian philosophies. The Democrats largely embrace the American Progressive Movement and International Socialism. The Republicans are dominated by National Socialists ... (the Social Conservatives are content with domestic authoritarianism & the Imperial Neo-cons have international aspirations).
Very few understand the Federal-Republic concept.