Poll: Majority Want One Party Rule, Is That a Good Thing?
(RightWing.org) – Americans can be very fickle. It’s understandable. From one year to another, things change. Who would have thought one year ago the country would shut down over a pandemic and that many of the liberties Americans enjoy would be threatened?
According to a new Gallup poll, most Americans favor one-party control of the federal government. However, while the idea is appealing, it’s also very dangerous and could cause extreme harm to the country’s future security.
Republicans Prefer One-Party Rule More than Democrats
According to Gallup, 52% of Republicans and 43% of Democrats said it would be better for the country if one party controlled both the White House and Congress. Only 17% of Republicans said divided government is beneficial to American citizens. A surprising 27% of Republicans said it didn’t make a difference one way or another.
While it sounds good to Republicans if they are the ones in control of the government, would they accept the consequences if Democrats controlled both the executive and legislative branches?
Democrats in Congress, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, are signaling what they would do if they control the government next year and beyond. It’s not a pretty picture.
Some of their priorities include:
- Ending the filibuster in the Senate to ram through far-left policies like the Green New Deal.
- Packing the Supreme Court out of spite with enough liberal justices to outnumber conservative ones.
- Statehood for Washington DC and Puerto Rico, which will increase the number of Democrats in the Senate and make it harder for Republicans to gain a majority again.
Why One-Party Rule Is Bad
Extreme partisanship today has eroded the checks and balances between the executive and legislative branches. The founding fathers designed the system to force debate, fight for issues and causes, and persuade members to come to a consensus and vote for good legislation. It wasn’t designed to force party members to agree with one another.
Perhaps the single greatest danger of one party controlling the government is an unchecked presidency and erosion of Congress’ power. Members of Congress will usually support their party, and in times of unified government, they tend to look the other way or defend bad actions by the executive branch.
What Americans might truly be saying is they’ve lost hope for politicians to do what’s best for the country. Therefore, they want partisans to exercise their power to get things done instead of getting things right.
Dysfunction Can Be Good
At pivotal times in American history, dysfunction was exactly what was needed. It prevented the partisans from passing bad legislation and wrecking the country.
Everyone should think twice about voting to help one party gain power. Instead, voters should be voting for people who they agree with, will fulfill their promises, and have the integrity to vote their conscience on behalf of their constituents.
Then at the next election, voters can hold them responsible. That’s how the system is supposed to work.
If Republicans take that view, the party will grow, dominate, and govern with conservative principles.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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