How did we get to this point? How we can avoid being in this position in the future? We don't yet have the perspective necessary to answer these questions fully.
By the way, did anyone ever tell you that the Constitution is unconstitutional? Yep, the whole thing. Or at least its ratification was illegal. This is not a joke, except to the degree that it is.
Many on the right also claim to have the Framers on their side. The Framers feared a dictatorial government, goes this historical argument. While evidence can be adduced for that view of the Framers, I tend to think it is more wrong than right.