As fun loving as we may be, we are still a very religious country (as compared with other western democracies) and we work longer hours and take far fewer vacations.<quoted text>
People have had "wet-dreams" about turning the US into a theocracy since the first white folk showed up on this shore (the Pilgrim Fathers were only interested in the freedom to bring everyone else to THEIR religion). That being said, I have no doubt it predates White migrations and that Clovis Man fantasized regularly about turning the American Southwest into a fundamentalist Animist homeland. The urge to bring your neighbours under the yoke of collective thought is what separates man from fungi.
But, a fantasy is all it will ever be, It will never happen. America was founded on fun (pursuit of happiness) and fun it too engrained in the American DNA to ever allow a significant portion of the population to submit to theocratic rule.
American might FLIRT with religious authority (in the '20s religion had smeared America's lipstick and got a few of its corset hooks undone by managing to pass Prohibition) but all it takes is a good public evangelical scandal to pour cold water over our national heads.
Let them have their fantasies, goodness knows I have a few of my own. I don't care if they have wet dreams and I don't involve them in mine.
The best fun most American can afford these days is watching TV and eating fast food. As the middle class has been disappearing and the standard of living has been dropping since the 1970s.
The theocratic rule is not codified but its impact is very real, esp in the middle of the country. Look what happened to the atheists. Lack of tolerance for different beliefs - most certainly not what this country was founded on.