The occasional jottings of a husband and father of six who can see Detroit from his house.
Good thing such lockstep thinking hasn't infected the Church, though. ... Ahem.
Well, to be fair, most republics don't make it past 250. So, from a historical comparison to peer group, we're right on track: somewhere between the Brothers Gracchi and the Dictatorship of Sulla. Admittedly, the Roman Republic took about 350 years to get from foundation to the Gracchi, but they only acquired and overseas empire in the late 130s. Within a century of that, they'd had repeated demogogues, civil wars, slave revolts, and several dictators. Stay on target!