What, at this point, are the relevant distinctions between our President (and indeed, other Presidents around the world) and the typical Monarch who is accompanied by a relatively weak parliament, and a judicial system that, basically, answers to the executive branch?
Not much, it seems. The president is held responsible for things he can't possible hold any power over, and also claims credit for things he couldn't possibly have had anything to do with. However, he often blames the opposition party/congress/a lack of good Intel for Snafus.
this is all something to be expected in a political circus like we have here in the United States, where the president is largely elected by the Media. Or at least, the individual as the popular media portrays him. Then, when in office, we find that the president is very little like the image portrayed prior to the presidency. Surprise Surprise. The fact that presidents in recent history have all come from something akin to the landed aristocracy in medieval Europe lends addition credence to the idea that the President has become an individual whom behaves and is viewed more like a king, or someone with king like powers at the very least. At this point he can, effectively, declare wars, assassinate American citizens, and engage in all sorts of King like activities.
One might argue that we have a system set up with checks and balances. However, the system as it was set up was supposed to guarantee that no one branch, executive, legislative, or judicial had any more power than the others. Legislative makes laws, executive branch enforces Law, and the Judicial branch determines whether or not there has been violation of law.
We know, however, than though we may all have equal protection under the Law, we are not all subject to the same laws. Indeed, the President routinely takes an oath in which he pledges to uphold the constitution, both in letter and in spirit. This clearly is a falsehood, as we have seen since the first Executive Order (via President Lincoln), which was basically Presidential Legislation that skipped the normal processes. Additionally, the president no longer has to get a declaration of war from congress to take military action against a country or group of people. The Judicial branch is ignored often in the decisions it makes, and the Attorney General selectively prosecutes. The Legislative branch is mostly a farce, and at the whim of Presidential Veto, a polarized (apparently, though not really) two-party system, and the Federal Reserve system.
And, really, they're all at the mercy of the world wide banking system, along with world wide media conglomerates. Let's face it. Without the Ted Turners of the world, the Bush's of the world could never get elected, and without the Rothschild's of the world, the continued boom bust cycle that makes the few rich and the many poor simply wouldn't exist as it does.
Illuminati aside, its pretty clear that the power is in the hands of one President, and like Kings of old, he is a puppet to some unseen (but perhaps well known) puppeteer.