Both the democratic and republican parties have abandoned their historical agendas in order to promote corporate interests. Historically the usurpation of government by corporate power is known as Fascism, and it looks a lot like the BP spill.
One mitigating factor of corporate power is populist power, or more properly, democratic power. When the right of the People to rule is not a word on a page, or a blog, but a reality, then there is pushback against abuses of corporate power.
Instead we get treated to sad sycophantic displays of politicians apologizing to BP for being asked to take responsibility for its actions.
Instead we get a president that claims to respect the rule of law clutching undemocratic powers to his chest.
Instead we get bailouts for bank-robbers, rather than jail sentences.
To understand this trend a little better, you might wish to read a new article by Jim Hightower: