This was not exactly what the founding generation had in mind.
The founding fathers also intended for the Vice President to be the "loser" of the Presidential election. They expected people to be willing and able to set politics aside for the good of the country. Hence their belief that a written set of rules for the government would restrain the natural impulse to tyranny by any group in power.
Unfortunately, they seem to have given humanity too much credit. We are all too eager to stick with politics over simple interpretations of law.
Our government has learned that they can make ANY law stick, if they only have a legislature that will pass it, a president who will sign it and direct police agencies to enforce it, and a court system that will back it.