Skip to comments.Political gridlock shouldn’t be solved with monarchy
Posted on 01/14/2014 1:37:25 PM PST by ThethoughtsofGreg
With the endless gridlock of modern Washington, its tempting to want to ditch the whole American constitutional system and install a king, who could at least get things done. This is essentially what David Brooks is proposing in his column this month, though he doesnt quite come out and say it. Brooks is right that gridlock is stifling desperately needed policy innovation and reform, but is wrong about the cause and solution for it.
The problem is too much power and authority is centralized in the federal government. The solution is to look to the states, which are already a hotbed of policy innovation and reform. What Americas politics needs is a federal government that tends to those issues uniquely suited to the federal government and delegates all other authority to the states, shattering gridlock and ushering in a political process that more rapidly advances sound public policy.
The architects of the American system anticipated the lobbyists and ideological enforcers Brooks bemoans they called them factions and devised a system to account for them. What the founding fathers did not appear to properly anticipate was the rise of a federal government with seemingly boundless scope in policymaking discretion.
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It appears no one knows there is a Parliament.
There wasn’t gridlock when the Democrats forced Socialism down our throats a few years ago.
Monarch? The Country would be better served by a civil war I fear.
Hmm...well, not all kings are necessarily bad. Charles I of England and Louis XVI of France turned out to be wonderful fellows. Afterward.
Catherine of Russia
He states, Federalism is the proper tool to break the gridlock that ails Americas politics. That is true, but according to him, we have a federal government already, so I suppose those in power are going to reverse their evil ways and return power to the states. Huh?
That was one p!ss-poor article.
its tempting to want to ditch the whole American constitutional system and install a king, who could at least get things done
Um, no it's not.
Shouldn’t be but so often is, thru-out history. When the legislature can’t or (correctly) won’t move forward on unlawful new emergency changes, the executive power is often encouraged or allowed to act unilaterally, _for_the_people_. USConstitution tries to specifically prevent this type of usurpation, but the DC gang, in both US Congress and SCOTUS won’t, cause their in on the gig. Soon, like in Rome, Caesar will disband USCongress, since it is not doing what the puppetmasters want.
And much of the gridlock is a result of the fact that the majority in Congress reject the notion that “50 states experimenting to find the best public policy environment leaves the federal government to focus on its core responsibilities”.
Gridlock isn’t a problem to be solved in the first place. Gridlock is the occasional consequence of our Constitutional separation of powers. People who don’t like that are enemies of the Constitution.