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Dutch -- I will respectfully disagree. Sure the Republicans are hard to deal with...ruthless is the word I often ascribe to them. That term mainly pertains to the Republican operatives and big donors like the Koch machine. However, Republicans as a whole are human like everyone else and can bend (compromise) on issues with pressure from their constituents.
The eight years of the Obama administration were good ones for Democrats, even with the losses in the mid term elections of 2010 and 2014. We didn't get everything we wanted, but anyone who thinks Obama was a failure needs to do their homework.
Changing the Constitution is not something that any president or Congress can just do. Our Constitution has it's pluses and minuses, but a hell of a lot more pluses. I think it has served us well, except for the electoral college. That could certainly change, I'll grant you that. And we need more specificity as to gun ownership. I do not believe the framers of the Constitution had in mind the gun cult that has taken over any kind of common sense administration of the 2nd Amendment.
I think our overall problem as a democracy is that we have become too complacent and unappreciative of the society that we do have. For those of us who have lived and traveled in other countries we can better appreciate what we have in America. Yes it is not perfect. As Obama says, we continually strive for a more perfect union, but change is always upon us. We have to continually change and adapt to a global market place and be more accepting and tolerant of other worldviews as the world shrinks.
Our biggest problem is ignorance and apathy about basic government. I personally hate all the anti-government rhetoric, and the "throw all the bums out of office" mentality. By voting and electing the right leaders, we can make the government work better for all of us. On the other hand, if it means that the 45 percent or so of the voter eligible population sits on the sidelines during elections, especially the midterms, then we can never be a government of all the people.