Lord Crimson

Wisdom from the Realm

Government Gridlock

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We often hear complaints about government gridlock and wonder why our leaders can’t get anything done. With opposing parties, the filibuster, the veto, swing votes and on and on, you might think our founding-fathers actually designed for gridlock as part of the government structure. If you think that, then you would be right. The basic contribution of gridlock is to provide stability.

Our government representatives believe their main purpose in life is to pass laws and spend tax money. In fact, their success is often judged by the number of laws they can sponsor and pass or the amount of money each can deliver to their home state or district. Great for them, but bad for us. Some kind of slowing of this process is critical if a democracy or in our case a republic is to survive.

It is often a good idea to vote for a mix of government that promotes the greatest amount of gridlock. I’ll admit it looks ugly when seen in action, but our founding-father’s main consideration was to create a government that best serves the citizens and not a system where citizens serve the government.

So the next time you hear “government gridlock” portrayed as a bad thing, just remember that it is one of the checks and balances our forefathers deemed necessary to slow down government intrusion in your life and mine.


Written by Lord Crimson

November 16, 2006 at 3:29 pm

Posted in Government, Politics

4 Responses

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  1. Government gridlock has something to do with Proposition 11. I am a first time voter and I am researching the issues. What you wrote is an interesting read, but I am unsure that the commission to bring legislators into accountability is wrong. Do you agree?
    In opposition to Prop. 11 is Nancy Pelosi. A vile woman. That set red flags up for me. So, I googgled “government gridlock” and I found your little insight into the subject.
    Well, I have a lot of research to do.
    -Young one


    September 27, 2008 at 6:42 pm

  2. Hi Amy

    The only real job of government is to protect citizens from each other via law enforcement and from foreign threats via the military.

    I might be inclined to add infrastructure like bridges, roads and highways into the mix, but in all honesty the private sector could probably do a better job.

    The natural inclination of government is to grow and create dependence. From dependence springs power and a manufactured need for them. Politicians are a selfish lot and without some kind of defense, in time, what is yours will become theirs.

    Long live government gridlock.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    September 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm

  3. Outstanding essay. Thank you.


    October 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm

  4. i like computer games that are first person shooting and strategy games .

    Biotin :

    October 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm

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