Gridlock Is Advantageous – The U.S. Is Teetering On The Brink Of Bankruptcy
Gridlock is Advantageous
I constantly hear the mainstream media reporting on the gridlock in Washington, D.C. and how it is hurting America. I have yet to hear any explanation as to why gridlock is hurting America, the talking heads simply report that nothing is getting done and that is bad. Why is gridlock bad?
The Founding Fathers were in favor of gridlock. The political system the U.S. operates under today, aside from the bureaucracy, works as it should work. If you want to know what the Founding Fathers thought of gridlock, you can read The Federalist Papers. I realize that most politicians and people in general have never read The Federalist Papers, but I encourage every American to get a copy and read it.
In Federalist #51, James Madison made it clear that a separation of powers is necessary to prevent tyranny.
TO WHAT expedient, then, shall we finally resort, for maintaining in practice the necessary partition of power among the several departments, as laid down in the Constitution? The only answer that can be given is, that as all these exterior provisions are found to be inadequate, the defect must be supplied, by so contriving the interior structure of the government as that its several constituent parts may, by their mutual relations, be the means of keeping each other in their proper places.
Imagine if all the members of the three branches of government were of the same mind, what do you suppose would happen to what is left of your liberty?
I have listened to the Republican establishment wail about how conservative members of the Republican Party are unwilling to tow the party line in order to push through legislation that will further grow the size of government and further erode individual liberty. Speaker Boehner despises conservatives because they are unwilling to bend to his will and go along to get along, but what Boehner doesn’t understand is that for far too long Congress has been made up of two political parties that are nothing more than two wings on the same bird of prey.
Faction is necessary to maintain liberty. The faction in the Republican Party inside the House is what is necessary to even attempt to protect the shrinking number of Americans who are in favor of limited government. In Federalist #10, Madison wrote:
There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests. It could never be more truly said than of the first remedy, that it was worse than the disease.
Madison understood that the only way to avoid gridlock in government is to either abolish liberty, or operate under a one party system both of which were considered worse than gridlock by the Founding Fathers.
America’s problem is not that there is gridlock in its political system the problem is that there has not been enough gridlock in the last forty years. The national debt is approaching $17 trillion. The federal government is spending 23 percent of the gross national product. If you include state, county, and city government spending, the percentage increases to 38 percent. The federal government is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends. Government programs are not shrinking they are growing. The U.S. is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy because for far too long both political parties joined forces to pass legislation that has created the dire situation that America is in today. What is the solution? The solution is gridlock in the form of a faction that refuses to vote for more spending, higher taxes, and tyranny. The solution is to repeal past legislation in order to balance the budget, wipe out the debt, and restore liberty and prosperity.
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