GOVERNMENT IN GRIDLOCK

For several years, Congress has been unable to compromise on disputed political philosophies leaving a lot of the business of running the country in limbo. Far right and far left advocates have literally taken control of the two parties. That is one of the reasons that the two presumptive presidential candidates for the November presidential election gained support from a minority of voters in the primary elections.

The polls show that too many citizens are uncertain about voting for either presidential candidate, and the spread seems to be widening as the party conventions are coming up. There still could be a disruptive session in Cleveland for the Republican Party. The leaders are slow to rally behind Donald Trump and might bring about changes in the convention proceedings for voting using the rules committee as a buffer. There is the possibility of convention gridlock if any elected delegates are disenfranchised

In the meantime, the present Congress is in a state of chaos and rebellion represented by the sit-in at the House of Representatives demanding action on gun control legislation. The Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, was unable to bring order to the session on June 22 when a number of the representatives took over in protest. Having failed to control the rebellion, Ryan walked away from his command post. Another example of government gridlock

Congressional action on immigration laws has been in gridlock for years forcing President Obama’s attempt to use an executive order to delay deportation of certain illegal immigrants until legislation can be passed. It would relieve the pressure building among citizens groups if Congress could find a solution. A legal action to prevent the Presidents executive orders to be implemented reached the Supreme Court in the same week as the Congressional sit- in with a deadlock vote of 4 to 4 due to the lack of a new appointment of a justice to the court.

The failure by the Supreme Court to resolve the issue is another example of gridlock because Congress will not take action on appointing a new justice to prevent a deadlock vote. In this case the court said it would not take up the issue again until there was an appointment. That might be the case for a number of other pending legal actions. More gridlock.

So we have the double whammy of stalemate in Congress for appointment of a new justice creating a gridlock at the Supreme Court on hearing cases due to an empty seat.

Although it is unlikely, the Republican convention in Cincinnati next week could create another gridlock if the party leadership supported by protesters challenge any of the appointed delegates who are committed to vote for Donald Trump. That certainly would create a major gridlock for the presidential campaign. It will be interesting to observe if the GOP leadership rallies behind their candidate with so much controversy over his critical outbursts.

Perhaps if Donald Trump is elected president, opposition from members of Congress over some of his outlandish proposals will force the national government to come together and break the gridlock.

While reviewing the failure of bipartisanship in Congress as well as the philosophical differences within each political party, I am reminded of the popular poem: “Here’s to dear old Boston, home of the bean and the cod, where the Lowells speak only to Cabots, and the Cabots speak only to God.