In the popular view, a coup d'etat is a sudden event, over in a few hours or at most days, a drama played out in impoverished Third World nations. The stealth coup which has occurred in the U.S. is an entirely different kind of coup--one that has operated in stealth mode for the most part, a process of gradual infiltration and opportunistic grasping of key levers of dependence and control.
Is there validity to the concept that the USA has undergone a coup? Certainly democracy as it is defined by most people has been moved further away from their vote. Direct representation of the people is no longer a feature of American democracy ... the peoples wishes are filtered through structures, party machines, lobbyists, pressure groups and political elites.