When one branch of government abdicates its duty, the others are going to step up. In a form of government that depends on three branches of government to be equal, and thus to check each other, it is vital that all three do their jobs.
As this article makes clear (click) one branch – the Legislative — is so blocked up it can’t get anything done. The D’s have their faults, but the R’s have been so adamant in the past three years that Obama will have no victories to use to run on that Congress hasn’t gotten anything done.
Plus, remember how President W. Bush made “signing statements” a real going thing? Congress needed to do something then to bring the executive to heel, but too often it was willing to let partisanship take the fore.
Congressional inaction or gridlock leaves the Executive and Judicial effectively in charge, or looking for ways to expand their power and fill in the gaps, and they both are.
I’m not comfortable with this –nobody should be. No president should be looking for ways to go around Congress any more than they already do. However, the current Congress is pretty much asking to be bypassed, so it should not express surprise when it is.
This is how dictatorships start, folks, and history is full of examples – when ardent advocates are more interested in winning than governing (click), and keep others from governing as well, eventually someone says “enough!” and takes up the reins.