Nice analogy and a reminder what Bill Cosby and people in general found “funny” only a few years ago.
I think of the Republicans and Democrats as officers Gerald Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzgerald playing “good cop/bad cop” with the American public they’ve hauled in to the station for a shakedown.
Fitzgerald: You better gimme what I want or you won’t walk out of here on two good legs!!!
Joe Public: I haven’t done anything wrong. I know my rights. I want a lawyer.
Fitzgerald: I swear I’ll hit your head on that table so hard your mother won’t recognize you!!!
Fitzpatrick: Officer Fitzgerald, gimme a couple minutes alone with Joe.
Fitzpatrick: You gotta gimme something, Joe. I can only hold off Fitzgerald for so long. Last week he broke a guy’s arm before I could pull him off.
This scene has played in so many movies that it is a known and accepted method of police action, when really it is the police system (analogous to our political parties) using extortion and actual violence while denying the public their rights.