The E.C., being a form of a check and balance has its shortcomings, but what it does is stabilize the republic. So, even in today's climate, the U.S. is still carrying on nearly 250 years later. No small feat as fans of history know. What the E.C. does, in my opinion, is mitigate the risk of some sort paralysis, or even a breakdown, of government.
Others make a lot more of this EC business than I do. If I were granted divine power to "fix" the United States constitutionally, I would probably be resting on the seventh day, and still not have gotten that far down the to-do list.
I think the greatest virtue of the EC is everyone once in a while it reminds some very self-entitled and spoiled people who like to throw tantrums that they can't always have their way.