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The Real Problem With American Politics Political America can well be described in one word frustrating Politics over the second half of the 20th century has taken a turn for the worse It has reached a level of inefficiency where many argue it has become ineffective What many people fail to realize however is that our government is slow by design Fragmented government the separation of powers and political factionalism are all basic infrastructural elements of our government that exist for the sole purpose of decelerating the political process in order to make it more deliberate and more democratic Unfortunately because of the level of citizen frustration the political system itself is often called into question and cited as the source of the governments troubles While it is always easy to blame the system many would be surprised to learn that the real source of trouble lies not within the federal infrastructure but within the apathetic stance many Americans have taken on politics The design of the federal system is intentional To try to change the government in order to increase efficiency would be foolish The Constitutions framers made the government inefficient primarily because they had grown leery of the dictatorial efficiency with which many European monarchies worked In Britain for example policy was executed efficiently because King George held incredible power The King could appoint governors make treaties command the military and control the lives of the colonists largely without the restraint of Parliament British efficiency became a clear example of the dangers that such a system posed Provisions such as denials of powers separation of government and a complex system of checks and balances were installed in order to guard against such extremes Recently however the process has tended to shift from slow to standstill With todays fast-paced lifestyle this shift has caused outrage and frustration driving many people not only to blame the process but also to try to change it One
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