Leaders bypass constitution
The Constitution forms three branches of government: Legislative, Executive and Judiciary. They were meant to be equal and provide checks on each other allowing the deliberative, as opposed to emotional process to work.
The Executive Branch (the president and his administrators) has by, executive order, regulation and choosing when to uphold existing law, been doing functions that belong to Congress. The most glaring has been the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The president has been making changes to the law by executive order. He does not have that authority, under the constitution. It is the job of Congress to make law and the president to execute the law. Any changes to the law should be made by Congress.
Congress also abdicates its constitutional responsibility by changing its own rules. Example; passing a continuing resolution each year to fund the government, instead of the previously required 13 appropriations bills dealing with different subjects, requiring debate and thought about each bill.
The Senate recently changed a rule requiring approval of presidential appointment by a simple majority (51 votes) instead of the previously required 60 votes.
The large bills (many pages) are brought up with a minimal time to study them and Congressional representatives do not even read them.
Our federal government needs to adhere to the principles of the constitution that has served us for more than 200 years.