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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