Since the founding of our country and the passage of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we have believed in the political ideal that no one person or branch of government could run roughshod over the others. Today, that has proven not to be true. Our country is weaker for it, and the beacon of freedom the world has looked to shines less bright now. These actions will surely set a standard for future presidents, and will should serve as a lesson to us all. Elections matter. Vote carefully, for the next president will be stronger, bolder, and more likely to go it alone against Congress and the public because there don’t seem to be any repercussions. Our system of checks and balances is out of whack with no fix in sight. Lesson learned.