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Here's where the breakdown is occurring: the framers of our constitution failed to anticipate (due to the relative newness of working democracy to the world) that, after many decades, what started out as several political parties would eventually boil down to, essentially, two, thus creating a division of sort of false division of the government and consolidation of power that works against the larger system.
The administrative branch has long been dominated by one party; with each incoming president, the slate is wiped more or less clean and the leadership is replaced with members of the president's party. In recent decades, we have seen the legislative branch flipping back and forth between Republican and Democratic control, sometimes with both houses shifting power in tandem. Sometimes the administrative and legislative branches have both been dominated by the same party, to disastrous consequences.
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