A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Alexander Tytler (unverified)
It seems 57% of the American people have figured this out.
The good news? The lowering of America's ceiling reflects the will of the majority and not the whims of a strong-man government.
Of course, that's the bad news as well.