Ben Shapiro: When Checks and Balances Fail

CNS News | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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In February 2017, Dr. Christopher Duntsch became the first surgeon in American history known to be sentenced to prison for botching a patient surgery. A licensed neurosurgeon, Duntsch left a string of deaths and maimed bodies in his wake: He was accused of causing the death of two surgery patients and leaving 33 others permanently damaged. His patients left their lives in his hands; he left them paralyzed or dead.

The checks and balances that were supposed to contain Duntsch failed utterly. His medical school licensed him but didn't require the preparation necessary to instill competence. Hospitals suspended him but didn't report him. The medical board could do nothing without forms filed against him. Patients were left without recourse.

Checks - Balances - Damage - Result

When checks and balances fail, damage is usually the result.

That's why when it came to our system of government, the founders were so focused on creating gridlock. They recognized that in a system in which legitimacy sprang from popular support, the easy path to perdition lay in popularly backed centralized power — tyranny could spring just as easily from a popular majority as from a king or despot. The founders didn't trust individuals with authority, and they didn't trust human beings to delegate authority to mere individuals.

Governments - Limitations

But popular governments have always bucked against such limitations.

The majority of Americans always want action, on some grounds or others. That leads to an eternal drive to grant unchecked power to some institution of government. As Alexis de Tocqueville writes in his 1840 "Democracy in America": "It may easily be foreseen that almost all the able and ambitious members of a democratic community will labor without ceasing to extend the powers of government, because they all hope at some time or other to wield those powers. ... Centralization will be the natural government."

Consequences

We're now seeing the consequences...
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