It's sad to note how fruitful the decades-long effort to dumb down the American citizenry on the basic principles of government has been.
It currently shows its sordid face on the issue of cross-branch constitutional checks and balances. The payoff works, as planned, solely to protect and insulate the interests of our bipartisan ruling class.
The mindless, but focused, big-government party of the left marches in lock step with a majority of the other party, which has also prostituted its principles, succumbing to the siren songs of big business, big medical and other financial-dependency teat sucker interests.
The executive, picking among the laws to find those convenient to its ends, regularly invades and usurps legislative prerogatives.
The federal courts appear impotent on any substantive constitutional issue.
After the recent debacle, the media, which could have responsibly risen to the task of some remedial constitutional tutoring, instead devolves into a tedious recap of a cage fight, and in a feeding frenzy over the bloody carrion almost unanimously points its boney finger at its choice for loser.
Those of us who tend to be independents with a reformist bent found we had no champion or even voice in that fight or its settlement. Except for a small group of congressional conservatives that an obviously threatened establishment has already managed to demagogue, marginalize and tag as unpatriotic terrorists, there would not have been even an under-reported discussion of any checks and balances.
In fact, it's now regularly apparent that it's only "We the People" who are the consistent losers here, and that there are no real checks and balances anymore with this reckless government.