The der Spiegal article talked only of nations, but political parties develop fear too & sometimes for different reasons. We see it & hear it on the characters making their routine announcements in front of the cameras, which are often so ludicrous as to be sickly comic.
Pelosi's "We have to pass the bill so we can see what is in it." was perhaps a better line than any scriptwriter in Hollywood could do. It shows the juvenile psychological statement implying that some GOD created this law and we have to see what comes down from the "Mount" to know what it is. And God oh God, why did you not warn us ahead of time what we were really getting, in the monumental botch that has ensued?
Once a political party gets in power in WDC, the ONLY thing that counts is silencing their foes so they STAY in power. That means every form of manipulation Pravda would use in the cold ware and worse, plus the manipulative power of the House and Senate leaders in pursuing, you guessed it, ULTIMATE POWER to pass anything they like, regardless of iF a majority of citizens are/were against it.