Friday, March 12, 2010

How A Bill Becomes Law!



I remember growing up learning from the Schoolhouse Rock cartoons every Saturday morning. Kids today would not understand waiting for each Saturday to watch cartoons with the advent of Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. Who can forget singing along with Zero My Hero or Conjuction Junction all the while hooking up words and phrases and clauses .

This cartoon from the Schoolhouse Rock illustrates, rather simplistically, how a bill becomes a law. Even though it is rather simple it does the job on civics that is no longer taught in most of our schools today. However this whole idea of creating a law has been lost on Cruella D'Pelosi and the rest of B-Rock's band of merry men.

Somehow they think that they can take the Senate version of the Health Care Reform Bill and make it law by saying that they have voted on it without really voting on it. Add some amendments and Hocus Pokus! New laws being created without due process and without regard for a representative style of governing and without regard for the Constitution.

If they could get the Health Care bill passed through the normal means then I have no problem with the process but when they decide that they can pass a bill, call it reconciliation, add some amendments and then say they voted on it without ever holding a vote is tyrannical style of governing.

We have to stand up to this tyranny! Even this cartoon tells you how a bill becomes law and it does not say at any point the bill does not get voted on by the House of Representatives.

Long live Schoolhouse Rock!

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This one was ALWAYS my favorite, well, after Conjunction Junction that is. *smiling*

It's sad how much the American people have lost their understanding of who they are and how their own government works. The civics classes we were required to take plus this sweet little Saturday morning program helped me NEVER forget those things. Thanks for posting this, friend and fellow American!

Ron B said...

Anon,
You are so correct. That was when teachers taught as to make an impact not to have a life long job. When schools had discipline in them not metal detectors. When T.V. helped to entertain and educate you.

I loved the tune of "Three is a magic number"

Thanks for visiting.

ablur said...

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School House Rock helped me learn many a lesson in my younger years. I purchased the videos when they came out.

It has become very apparent that the majority of our representatives don't know the constitution they have sworn to uphold. They clearly have little respect for history and our fonding fathers.

commoncents said...

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