By Cody Franklin
On Friday, September 20th, Dr. George Edwards of Texas A&M University gave a presentation discussing the role of the Constitution and the current situation in Washington D.C. Dr. Edwards explained many problems in our government today such as political gridlock, special interest and partisanship. Edwards explains that the conflict between the Executive and Legislative branches were inevitable because of the Constitution and goes on to say that political extremism has become a massive issue in today’s Congress.
Dr. Edwards addressed the growing political differences between Republicans and Democrats, he explains that extremism has widened the gap between the two parties and that moderates are becoming increasingly rare. Edwards discusses how moderates are more likely to lose their seat in Congress, while their extreme counterparts have a better chance in winning reelection. This only worsens the situation and leads to more gridlock in Congress as both sides bitterly refuse to compromise.
“Until the political environment changes in the US,” Edwards explains ,”our policy making in the US will continue to be anti-deliberative, slow or inactive. Accepting the short term fix rather than the durable long term solution.”
He went on the say that political gridlock and extremism is not what the Founder’s would have had in mind for America when they created the Constitution.
Edwards concludes. “As long as this is the case we will not deserve the wonderful legacy we received from the Founding Fathers, when they gave us the gift of the US Constitution.”