Time was, we had a constitutional republic divided into three branches, legislative, executive, and judicial. That’s still on the books; but in practice we have a whole new form of government, as yet unnamed, under which we live.
It, too, has three branches: the high courts, the news media, and the Democrat Party.
The Party decides what is to be. The media, along with our schools and colleges, tell the public what is to be, and why it must be, and that anyone who opposes it is a biggit and a racist and a hater. And then the high courts ram it through.
The new form of government keeps the outward appearance of the old. There’s still an executive branch, but its personnel function in opposition to the president and their chief role is to subvert the president. There’s still a legislative branch, but its only function is to rubber-stamp tax increases. And of course there’s still the court system, to hand down “laws” that could never enjoy enough public support to be legislated the old-fashioned way.
It need hardly be said that our new form of government is not lawful. The Constitution is the law of the land. On paper. In practice, the new government makes up the law as it goes along. Which really isn’t “law” at all, as civilized nations have always understood it. But hey, if it works in Venezuela, it’ll work here.