Founding Fathers feared government power

“The government is broken!” This frequently heard phrase is a fallacy; it is not true. The government is not broken; somewhat dysfunctional, maybe, but not broken.

The federal judicial branch of government, the court system, continues to hear and decide upon criminal as well as civil cases, meting out justice daily. The federal executive branch, the presidency, continues its constitutional mandate to enforce federal laws, fulfilling thousands of executive branch responsibilities.

It is the federal legislative branch, Congress, that is presently dysfunctional. The House of Representatives and Senate have proven incapable of agreeing upon much of anything. Due to the Senate cloture rule which governs the “closing of debate,” 41 senators, in a body of 100, have prevented the passage of numerous pieces of new legislation. Their stated goal? To ruin a presidency! Also, American voters who elect a president of one party and congressmen of the opposition party automatically create a dysfunctional situation.

However, to an amazing degree, the system is functioning as the Founding Fathers intended. Those wise men were fearful of government power, fearful of any single branch of government or individual becoming all powerful. Today, Americans long for a strong, forceful person in the While House; the Founding Fathers feared such a leader, placing numerous safeguards in the Constitution to prevent the emergence of a dictator.

We should be thankful for the bureaucracy that keeps government programs functioning in spite of the dysfunctional aspects of our politicians in Congress.

Dick Phay


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