“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom”

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the importance of conflict in government. Gridlock isn’t always a bad thing!

People often complain about “gridlock” in government. But gridlock isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In the minds of America’s founders, government was meant to be adversarial and filled with conflict.

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head I build on the last week’s discussion about the Supreme Court and continue making the case that it isn’t…supreme that is. I then show that the idea of adversarial government was a cornerstone of the founders’ political philosophy. Power was intended to be divided and check. Naturally, this produces conflict, and sometimes gridlock.

The system is sometimes messy and difficult, but adversarial government is critical for preserving liberty. A government than can do anything it wants will do anything it wants.

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The Constitutional Case for Gridlock

Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union, the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassment created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, very serious impediments; and were the sentiments of several adjoining States happen to be in Union, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter. – James Madison, Federalist 46 [Emphasis added]