This is what Madison meant when he referred to "parchment barriers." The people of the United States are humiliating themselves and their ancestors by prostrating before the Christ-like executive who will deliver them jobs, hope, free college degrees, and ponies, too! A republic and its constitution are only as strong as the citizens who uphold it.
In a way, it's appropriate that the republic's come to this, as the very monolithic institutions that the "Progressives" and liberals built throughout the 20th century could very well be turned on them if Trump is elected president. Hence Hayek's quote: "We shall never prevent the abuse of power if we are not prepared to limit power in a way which occasionally may prevent its use for desirable purposes."
Congress, though, shares much of the blame for executive overreach. Congress' cowardly (though politically expedient) abdication of its constitutional responsibilities has led to a permanent state of war and emboldened executive.
Though Senator Clinton was not alone in her sentiment, her vote to "authorize" the president to go to war with Iraq, a sovereign nation that did not attack the United States or provide an immediate, existential threat to the republic, is an instructive example of how these people think. From her floor speech:
"...it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him - use these powers wisely and as a last resort."
The Constitution clearly states that Congress is to declare war. There's nothing about giving the president that choice. Instead, Congress punts like political hacks, and refuses to issue a proper declaration of war with their names attached to it.
And in case you think I'm focusing too much on a vote from last decade, remember that the men who founded this republic effectively told the King of Great Britain to fuck himself, signed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the document declaring as much, and then mailed a copy to his office. And the charlatans in Congress can't even follow the constitution when it matters most? And we're considering electing one of them as president?
If nothing else, the disaster that is Trump vs. Clinton might spur a conversation about truly downsizing the federal government and returning more power to the states -- where it belongs and where it was intended to belong.