Haves. Have nots.
(Scale: 1" equals miles and miles.)
Wealth isn't bad. Firearms aren't either. Coal? Crude oil? Nuclear fission? Nope, not even close, and no. In our society, what turns any asset unsavory is the way it's used.
Members of Congress, for instance, have significant power entrusted to them: the power of the people. But democracy has this nagging cough; more like a lingering cold, really. And this chronic illness ailing democracy is traceable to the actions of public servants who sometimes forget whose power they're wielding.
Democracy's wheezing also lies at my feet, and yours. Apathy, ignorance, not enough time: these are a few of the superbugs threatening democracy that the inventors of democracy can cure.
We. The people.
On the other hand, maybe democracy should be retired as a concept and put on display in the Smithsonian. People will pass by its exhibit space and nod their heads and whisper to themselves, or to their families, friends, and personal robots: "Now there's something. Quaint, I suppose, to believe that every single person in a nation matters equally and has an equal say in its appearance. If it were true, though, wouldn't that be great?"