America's "Progressive" Empire has never believed in democracy. Otherwise they wouldn't rig elections.
It was always a con and a scam, performed to bamboozle gullible peasants. When the peasants committed so hard to the delusion that the heavens took pity on them, the Inquisition doubled down on ensuring the peasants' demands remain unsatisfied. Revealed preferences: they defend democracy if and only if it is not providing the government the governed would consent to, which reveals (apocalypse) that this is what they always wanted it for.
The Inqusition believes in kto kogo and [I got mine]. They will say whatever they think will make you not-resist as they seize these things. They are kratia addicts, and they often literally die if they can't get their ever-escalating fix.