Unfortunately, this is not the system that the Founders envisioned and designed. We were to have a House and a Senate and the Senate was to be responsible to the States. The 17th amendment, well meant and in response to partial gridlock, created two Houses with different names. The way our system now functions, we end up with a system that has no accountability. The corruption of power is in that absence.
Our Congress has a greater than 98% odds of being reelected if they actually choose to run. This in a country where the approval rating for Congress hovers in the teens and where is it is universally evident that our country is in trouble because of the direction that Congress has taken us. In the USSR, before it’s collapse, a country where the people had little voice in the process and the communist party decided who was to be in office, a fait accompli, the Politburo members had only a 96% chance of being reelected.
Despite the humanistic desire to personalize blame, no president can take our country in a direction that Congress does not allow it to go. Our current debacle can be attributed to messing with the original design. Most of our current problems are a result of either the federal government doing things that are unconstitutional, or things that may have been interpreted as being constitutional but that our Founders had recommended against.
Washington warned against the natural human tendency to put faith in parties: “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.” This distraction keeps us from addressing the current problems.