‘When conservatives contemplate what a liberal means by “functional,” we say “bring on the dysfunction, baby!”’

June 7, 2012

I ran across this while doing Internet searches and reading up on the American Progressive movement, and thought it was pretty well put:

When a liberal says our government is “dysfunctional,” what he invariably means is that it does not vigorously churn out the sorts of egalitarian, freedom-destroying legislation that will propel us (even more quickly) in the direction Europe has already traveled.  When conservatives contemplate what a liberal means by “functional,” we say “bring on the dysfunction, baby!”  The American system’s separation of powers, checks and balances, bicameralism, federalism, and pluralism routinely result in the government’s utter failure to get anything done.  Thank goodness.  While there are important things that need doing, nearly all of them fall in the category of “undoings”—undoing the achievements of all that “functional” government liberals love, which have made us less wealthy and less free.

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One Response to “‘When conservatives contemplate what a liberal means by “functional,” we say “bring on the dysfunction, baby!”’”

  1. Snoodickle Says:

    I agree that our constitutional structure necessarily creates a system in which things are done deliberately, if at all, and as a general principle this is a good thing. However, many of the dilatory tactics employed by both parties (but particularly the Republicans recently) are not provided for in the Constitution and thus pervert our system of appointments and lawmaking. The filibuster is probably the most salient example of this.

    http://www.pennumbra.com/debates/debate.php?did=36


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