Reporters could've reported. The opposition party could've opposed. Courts could've struck down. But all this is like saying that a person dying of lung cancer could've stopped smoking. It has taken generations to get into this mess. Although both parties are responsible, the fault is ultimately ours. We've put criminals and fools in power and ignored their crimes and follies. Now the only thing that may save us is some kind of radical surgery -- a constitutional convention, partition, or revolt. None of these will occur. So all that's left is to prepare for the inevitable collapse and hope to build something better from the ruins.