1. Voters want candidates who will not compromise 2. Congress is divided and neither side will compromise to make deals and pass laws 3. President is faced with either doing nothing or expanding executive powers in order to fulfill campaign promises to voters that put him into office 4. President who does nothing is perceived as weak and is not re-elected; party suffers by association 5. President who uses executive action delights supporters and dismays detractors 6. Detractor resentment (or supporter delight) starts cycle back at 1 All this leads to our situation today where congress is gridlocked and the president is forced to move around them in order to make progress. I have to question the direction of the government; are we moving towards a more dictatorial form of republic, and are we doing so by necessity and voter incentive? Is there anyway to halt the direction? Are Democracies/Republics inherently flawed and are dictatorships and revolutions part of a cycle to normalize societies?