There is endless prating about our dysfunctional government, our divided, dysfunctional congress, and so on. The idea seems to be that our federal government is somehow “broken,” not working as it is supposed to. Well, I beg to differ. Here is an alternative view: blame the Negroes!
In this view, the government is working just as the Founders wanted it to work. It is divided, and the majority is unable to force its will on the fanatical and united majority. And who were those fanatical folks present at the creation? The slaveholders, of course.
Yes, I know, the idea of multi-chamber government was presented by the likes of Montesquieu, and there were many reasons that the Founders feared a despotic executive, but the most consistent motivation was the desire of the South to protect itself, and its “States Rights” from the anti-slavery North. That was the reason for the great compromise that elevated/degraded the slaves to 3/5 of personhood. (The South wanted slaves to count one-for-one in the census, to bulk up the slave states’ representation in Congress. The anti-slavery contingent didn’t understand why people who were slaves, and certainly could not vote, should be counted at all just to enhance the power of their owners.)
Well, here we are 150 years after the Civil War, and most of Tea Party zealots are from the South and border states. And they are still screaming, and still using divided government to their advantage. Just according to plan…