While America's founding fathers had many flaws, most of them were wary of what they knew about old European governments, especially those run by kings or queens, who claimed "divine right," to do whatever they wanted to and the public be damned.
So at the Constitutional Convention the founders tried to create a government of laws, a government that had checks and balances with power distributed over three branches, each having its own area of sovereignty.
What they tried to do was to make corruption and influence peddling impossible, because government power would not be concentrated, but spread out amongst the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches.
We know today, that try as they might have, the founding fathers did not anticipate the rise of political parties that could command lock-step obedience from its members or political parties that would grovel before a president and obey his wishes or an electorate that was so ignorant, they would continue to elect the obvious hirelings of the special and depraved interests in America.
Today's American government is the illegitimate and misbegotten child of greed, avarice, stupidity, and corruption, and to prove the point just look at who it truly represents!
The gun industry controls our Congress our president, and the courts, all of whom have groveled to the NRA's demands to make guns of all sorts (including assault weapons), and ammunition clips of all sizes (dozens of rounds) easily available to all people; including criminals, crackpots, and even terrorists! The cost is over 30,000 lives/year, plus thousands more wounded in what has become America, the land of free fire zones.
The pharmaceutical industry controls our government, and has recently demonstrated this by creating the opioid crisis, which claims 60,000 lives/year, but to date there still are no restrictions on the dispensation of this addictive and killer drug by our Congress.
The fossil fuel industry has enlisted the entire Republican Party and their grifter president in the WH to continue to deny science, and promote the burning of these fuels, which has led to the most devastating weather disasters in our history. More frequent hurricanes of record wind strength or size or rain, plus more tornados that are more destructive than ever, plus wildfires that scorch millions of acres; turning human lives, livestock, and buildings into ashes. But still no government action on Climate Change, even as the earth's temperature continues to rise.
The chemical and agricultural industries that pollute our air, water and soil, are being "set free" by the Donald Trump/Scott Pruitt emasculated EPA. Toxins of all sorts and carcinogens of all varieties will soon more heavily lace everything you ingest, whether caused by your breathing, your drinking or your eating. So just stop all those things, and you'll be fine (until you drop dead from lack of oxygen, water or food).
And don't expect any help from the GOP rigged Supreme Court. You know, the GOP dominated court that gave us Citizens United, Hobby Lobby, and assorted other rulings, which opened the floodgates to the plutocrats and the theological fascists, who now are the dictators to our dictatorial GOP government!
The fact is that the Trump/GOP government is the antithesis of what the founding fathers wanted in a government.
They lie, cheat, steal, and abuse their power with impunity, because somehow, thanks to antiquated structures like the Electoral College, and undemocratic practices like Gerrymandering, and illegal acts such as Voter Suppression, allow them to be "elected" back into office, regardless of how vile or criminal their acts or how much they betray their constituents on behalf of the Special Interests!
Elections have consequences, as everyone should know by now, and if the American electorate doesn't deliver a message of repudiation to the Republican candidates who are running in all up-coming elections, we will be sealing our own doom to living in the kind of Banana Republic we forced on so many undeveloped countries in the past.