Gridlock is a constitutional virtue (Bakersfield)

This was published by the Bakersfield Californian and The History News Network.

Here’s the first paragraph:

We all benefit from the ability of a political minority to stifle the will of the majority. The U.S. Constitution restricts the power of the majority because an unchecked majority can be just as threatening to liberty and justice as a dictator or tyrannical oligarchy. Unfortunately, partisan leanings keep many people from understanding this subtle but essential point. Recognizing the role of a minority’s check on the majority’s power helps explain the behavior of America’s two polarized parties, for each party is sometimes in the majority, sometimes in the minority.

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