“What can’t he do?”
“If the President has the inherent authority to eavesdrop, imprison citizens on his own declaration, kidnap and torture, then what can’t he do?” - Al Gore, 1/16/2006
And that is the real crux of the matter.
The answer to Gore’s rhetorical question is, of course, that the President can presently do anything he wants to do. The checks and balances have failed, for numerous reasons, but the point is that they have failed.
We may begin to repair our broken system come next November, if we can muster an honest and true accounting of the vote outcome. But that too is a very questionable matter.
Presently it seems that our only real hope is for moderate Republicans to come to their senses and realize exactly what is being done to our country, and use what’s left of their Congressional power to put on the brakes, if it’s not already too late.