The biggest mind-fuck in the US, by my view, is the way corporate wealth tricks citizens to to give the most powerful and wealthy even more power and money, against the citizens' own interests.
... liberal washing is all about wrapping corporate America’s agenda in the veneer of fight-for-the-little-guy progressivism, thus portraying plutocrats’ radical rip-off schemes as ideologically moderate efforts to rescue the proles.
As a political tactic, it makes perfect sense. Whether it is a company, a trade association, a front group or a lobbying firm that is pushing a particular policy, corporate America knows that it has a better chance of getting its way if it can portray its goals as an apolitical agenda with support from both sides of the ideological spectrum. Liberal washing is the key to that formula; it helps depict the radical as mainstream, the ideological as pragmatic and the old-fashioned heist as an act of bleeding-heart altruism. [emphasis mine]
Davis Sirota gives lots of examples.
Frustrating beyond endurance. The USA population won't wake up until/unless an economic total collapse occurs. Hunker down folks.