If the United States was more of a democracy, we might never have reached this point. This decision doesn't happen without:
1. a president who lost the popular vote appointing three Supreme Court justices
2. the Senate over-representing certain parts of the country relative to their population based on what are, ultimately, lines drawn on a map
3. the relatively huge latitude that the Supreme Court has obtained to dictate the scope and nature of constitutional rights, which is in part a consequence of Congressional inaction (see point 2.)
Think that just means that in all societies, there are people willing to bend or break the rules for the sake of power, either to gain it or retain it.
The Constitution was written to limit what those people can do, given that they always exist. Mainly by balancing power among many forms of government, and with respect to the individual.
At present we are witnessing the end results of foreign interference in an election, that brought a person to power who was willing to abuse power to retain power. But that person is out and we have to weather the storm that he and his supporters created.
It will take time, perhaps a decade or more, but the damage will eventually be undone.