The great success of the American Constitution lies in its balances of Power. Not in its perfection. It went along with slavery, women not eligible to vote, and today, with millions not being insured for health.
Yet, what does work is that the Three Branches of Government are forced to respect each other and cooperate. Without that, nothing can be done.
There are still many problems with it:
The powers that be don’t care when nothing gets done.
Its freedom of speech goes much too far as it also grants a freedom to insult, threaten, and spread anti-democratic values (racism, etc).
All kinds of freedoms seriously hurt the population (to bear any arms, to make disproportionate profits, etc.).
As if a backward country, it still has the death penalty.
I’m sure the list goes on.
Yet, I want to focus on the flaws that the Trump presidency has revealed.
Apparently, all the previous presidents, including Nixon, still had a certain amount of public decency. They tried to seem fair. They would try not to say any lies that could be exposed. They had style and pretended honesty.
That’s now all out of the window. And we can all see that the president currently has much too much power. Several obvious examples are:
He can change the partiality of the judiciary for decades to come.
He can wield much power through executive orders.
He can ignore undisputed science and facts (to serve the wealthy).
He can be partisan, divide, and call the press the enemy of the People.
He can pardon anyone convicted without recourse.
He can blatantly constantly promote his brand, business, and reelection.
He can endanger international relationships short of declaring war.
He can lie all day long, every day, and in other ways, disgraces the office.
All this with impunity as long as a Senate majority doesn’t drop him.
Serious changes must be proposed as soon as possible after the elections.
And, Trump would not be Trump, the gift that keeps giving, if he would simply accept defeat without drama. Presently, he suggests postponing the elections. After he lost, he’ll pardon anyone in jail whoever paid him a buck. And when it’s time to vacate the White House, he’ll call in the army to ‘defend’ him. At which point, soldiers will need to carry him out.