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Partisianship may save America

Posted by Chance on February 22, 2010

The Star Wars prequel trilogy is not the greatest series of films, but they are vastly underrated in their depiction of how power corrupts.  In Star Wars II there is a scene in which Anakin and Padme are talking about the Republic.  Anakin discusses how the Republic is slow to take action, and he wishes one person was in charge to make things happen at will.  In Star Wars III, we see this realized as Senator Palpatine becomes the galactic Emperor.

Many times we identify with Anakin’s point of view.  We want government to act, to quickly solve problems.  When we talk about a good politician, we want someone who reaches across the aisle to get things done.  There have been many times where I have been dismayed by the lack of change in our government and how partisanship prevents things from getting done.

However, as my political beliefs have become more libertarian in nature, I have actually started to prefer a government that does much less, and this is accomplished many times through divided government, that is, the legislative and executive branches belonging to different parties.  When we have divided government, fewer things get done, such as laws that affect our everyday lives and regulations that impact businesses, and less of our money gets spent.  When these two branches belong to the same party, government grows massively.  This is true regardless of which party is in power.  Many limited government conservatives hated the amount of money Bush spent from 2001 to 2006 and were glad to see spending slow down somewhat when Democrats took after the 06 election.   Ideally, the government would follow the Constitution much more closely, but when it doesn’t, divided government is the next best thing.

Don’t get me wrong, change is sometimes an essential thing, and there are things I want changed now.  It took massive change to end slavery and grant equal rights.  As a pro-lifer, I want things enacted that extend rights to unborn babies.  In general though, I think a slow acting government is a good thing.  When I evaluate a politician or administration, passing more laws and giving themselves more power are not high on my priorities. I want a President who doesn’t have grandiose ideas for shaping America but simply does their job of defending the Constitution.

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One Response to “Partisianship may save America”

  1. dolphin said

    It took massive change to end slavery and grant equal rights.

    Equal rights were granted in this country and I missed it?

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