Chris Norby
Why political gridlock isn't always a bad thing

To the editor: According to Jared Diamond, a "majority of decent Americans" are so distressed about political gridlock they may turn to authoritarianism to get things moving. Projection, anyone? ("America needs to study the enemy within," Op-Ed, Dec. 26) The gridlock that Diamond deplores results from features the founders built into our system to make change difficult to achieve without consensus. They feared the power of vociferous factions and sought to check it by dividing the federal government into co-equal branches. The current wailing over gridlock typically comes from liberals who favor a large and growing government and who really can't lose by...