I hear people all the time griping about the people in Washington never being able to come together to get things done. But most people have a hard time realizing that this is by design. Compromise is what we see too much of in Washington—people not sticking to their convictions. The left want social benefits and (with exception of Obama) less war, the right wants war and less social benefits. So what always happens is compromise. The left drops their convictions on less war in order to get the right to drop it’s convictions on less social benefits. So we end up with both parties agreeing to vote on spending measures that appease each other’s wants while turning a blind eye on everything else.
The Constitution, with its system of checks and balances, not only allows for gridlock, it practically guarantees some degree of it. The Founders knew that gridlock can be a very good thing. If nothing can be agreed upon in Washington, harm to the country is limited.
There are moments in your life that make you and sets the course of who you’re going to be. Sometimes they’re little, subtle moments. Sometimes, they’re big moments you never saw coming. No one asks for their life to change, but it does. It’s what you do afterwords that counts. That’s when you find out who you are. —