It's important to realize that there's no such thing as perfection. Every system of government is going to have it's pitfalls. Every person has his or her own flaws. People are inherently selfish and look out to protect their own interests. That is a survival mechanism.
I am not extremely strong in my understanding of the Swizz model, but as far as I know, most policies are managed at the state level, rather than the federal level. And those at the federal level is more a cooperation organisation for the states where they agree on common policies and implement them together.
In Switzerland the people have the right to call for a referedum on ANY policy. This means that any point the people of the states, and I think also at a national level can vote to discard any policy, or implement any popular policy. Referendums are popular in Switzerland, there are many of them, especially at the state levels.
But then again, I think politicians should not be the people in power, I think they should be idea makers, just like Plato thought. The philosophers should be the politicians. But unlike Plato I think the people should be the ones with the power.
There are many cases where the government goes against the obvious values of their people when changing laws. This should not be possible.
We need to vote and cement a certain foundation of our state. Like the constitution for example. That should be unchangable. Bill of rights being state values for example.
Unfortunately in the US, now the politicians do not care about it anymore.
i am not saying its perfect, but it is a good beginning. Switzerland do have their own issues, and the people is not fully in charge, which is why there are some policies that I am sure most Swiss people do not support.
Europe is illegally occupied by the US