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The Glories of Gridlock

Posted by on October 8, 2014
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Most people like to whine about how our government is in seemingly perpetual gridlock.  To the contrary, I’m probably one of only a few people that actually celebrate it.  Typically, when I tell people this the immediate response I get back is that they think I’m some sort of government hating anarchist.  I’m not.  Quite the contrary, I feel government has a very distinct and vital roll to play.  The difference is that I prefer that when it plays that role it does so correctly.  In other words, I don’t want action merely for the sake of action.  

Think of it this way.  If the headlights went out on your car and you were totally in the dark would you still try to drive blindly and risk catastrophe simply so that you could say the car was at least moving, or would it be better to wait until daylight when you can at be assured that you aren’t heading off a cliff?  Government should work the same way.  Unfortunately, too often our elected officials prefer the blind method either because they don’t really care where we’re heading as long as they get to drive, or they’ll do whatever just to shut up the whiney public sitting in the back, or because they don’t want us to know where they actually plan on taking us. 

There is a profound difference between proving yourself right and proving someone else wrong.  We often wonder why politics is so negative, but it’s because politician have learned that we as the voting public have gotten lazy by accepting the premise that just because politician A can prove politician B’s answer wrong that it somehow makes politician A’s answer right.  The problem is that axiom rarely holds true.  Quite often BOTH politicians hold the wrong answer.  Often times we figure this out too late simply because we as voters rarely demand that our candidate actually explain and prove their own answers during campaigns.  This is why so often when it comes time to vote we must do so while holding our nose simply because it isn’t about who has the right answers, but rather whose answers just didn’t get proven wrong. 

Far too often we go with the politician who tells us the things we want to hear instead of the logical things we need to hear.  For example, any idiot can tell us with great amounts of emotion about how we need to feed the hungry.  Unfortunately, they haven’t shed light on anything useful until they can tell us HOW to do so in a practical and sustainable manner.  We need to stop voting for politicians who sway us through the darkness of our feelings and instead vote for the politicians who can at least sway us through the light of our thinking.  As I’ve said many times before, governance merely through good intentions isn’t good governance.  It makes no more sense than driving blindly just to keep the car moving. 

Our nation was founded on the principle that government isn’t meant to be the answer to most of our everyday needs.  That role is meant to be maintained by the people themselves.  In reality government is meant to be kept in the background of our daily lives, not the foreground.  That’s because no single man or group of men holds all the correct answers to all of our problems, nor is every correct answer correct for every person.  Therefore, I prefer gridlock simply because moving this nation is like trying to move an entire school bus full of children.  I would prefer we do so in the light of correct answers when we know exactly what lies ahead than taking great risk with an entire nation left wandering thru the dangers hidden in the dark.

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