Imperialism is loosely defined as follows
"the creation and/or maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural, and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination."
" .... is primarily a Western undertaking that employs "expansionist, mercantilist policies"
The words "unequal" and "relationship" jump out at me ...... as well as the words "domination" and "subordination".
That about sums up the politics of 2012.
Two political parties owned by the corpocracy whose sole purpose is the economic welfare of the few over the many.
Generational wealth is as much a problem in America as generational poverty.
WE Americans have yet to figure that out.
Likely that could never happen since the corpocracy controls our minds through the media.
An ineffective Government is symptomatic of a much more serious problem ... the taking over of America by corporations which are undemocratic institutions given the power to influence and enslave Americans.
Jobs are for the poor while passive income is for the rich.
Interest is passive income for the few and is an expense for the many.
Today the GOTP is fighting to ensure those few get their interest income while the many pay it.
Yet the GOTP created the debt crisis. A mind trap.
Like pyromaniacs ..... lighting fires that they now want to extinguish.