Lord love a duck. The American public still hasn't learned the difference between horse trading and politics. In horse trading, a bit of liquor might be involved. In politics, it might be a bit of spite or knowledge of some dirty laundry. In horse trading, the buyer might hedge an opinion of the horse trader's height, and save it for a more opportune moment, such as when the seller reaches for the money. In politics, you just blat it out as soon as you notice; you don't wait for the "right" moment.
When all is said and done, the American people have four more years of politics.
This leads me to suspect that the Founding Dads, who were not wholly ignorant of people, put this system in place as a long-term practical joke. They knew that the American people would expand on it until it became a behemoth that would eventually collapse under its own weight, to be absorbed by the people, as all of the people eventually became part of it.
They knew that the greedy and the unprincipaled would arise and take the reins, and run a shill game on the American people until until the people decided to retake the reins and run the con men out of town on a rail, retaking the sovereignty they were promised by the Founding Dads.
They also knew that any government run for the people must go no further than the people would let it go. The Founding Dads made provision for this in the Constitution, allowing the people to change the government as they see fit. This doesn’t mean every four years, by mere popular elections -- which were never mentioned in the Constitution anyway -- but by such means as the people see necessary. Why? because the powers of government are limited to those the government derives from the people, in the same way that the willingness to complete the transaction for a horse depends on the willingness of the buyer to fork over the cash.
Maybe “We the People” should learn to watch the show and appreciate it for what it is, like a sitcom. And when it becomes so much of a behemoth that it threatens to crush our daily lives, it’s time to either turn off the TV and treat politics like the comedy it is, and go back to our proper work, or complain enough to influence what the networks -- the various political parties -- give us. Maybe that’s what the Founding Fathers realized: we all want to be able to trust the management. Beyond that we want to have our little patch of ground and to be left alone.