I think it necessary and proper to offer a remedial course concerning how laws are passed in our Republic. This memo is addressed to our Federal government at large. I believe all Presidential candidates, Senatorial candidates, House of Representative candidates, and Supreme Court Justices should be required to attend a 6 month course on how a bill becomes a law.
This remedial course would be profitable to the citizens of this republic, in this way: It would help remedy the issue of a Senator [Harry Reid], stripping the guts out of a bill that originated in the House, and placing the healthcare bill back in it’s place. That’s where Obamacare started it’s life cycle at, in deception. The Constitution states that all legislation must originate in the House of Representatives.
It may also foster a return to actual, bipartisan debate over bills. If you remember, the champions of “reaching across the isle” Democrats, decided to debate the healthcare bill behind closed and locked doors, barring Republicans out of the meetings.
Another place where the course would help is, placing the government back into the hands of the governed. Let me explain. A bill is to originate in the House of Representatives however, before it arrives there, it is to be the brainchild of the governed, in other words, the constituency. NOT, a PAC (political action committee) or a SIG ( special interest group). This way, the power of the governed is never subverted or usurped by other entities. This of course, would fix reason firmly back in her seat. If 80% of Americans were happy with their health coverage, do you think the Obamacare bill would have made it out of committee if the people were voting on its merits? No. But, because it was born of health providers and drug companies interests [Center for American Progress], it lives through committee and then goes to the full Senate for a vote. An absolute atrocity.
And further more, a trip back through how a bill becomes a law would, educate Congress that using procedural voting tricks should never be the standard of the day. If you will recall, the Obamacare bill was almost voted on in a deem and pass fashion. Which is despicable in and of itself, and then the bill was passed on a budget reconciliation vote.
Because of all the devious actions Congress took to breath life into Obamacare, they need a refresher in Government 101.
And a short statement to the Supreme Court. If you are going to be the self appointed arbiter of the Constitutionality of laws, read, comprehend, and then execute what the Constitution actually states. Do not rewrite the statute as you see fit, so that it stands “Constitutional”. You see, I say self appointed because of a court case named Marbury v. Madison , this is the case where the Court granted itself judicial review powers. Here’s what T. Jefferson had to say on the subject of judicial review: “In denying the right [the Supreme Court usurps] of exclusively explaining the Constitution, I go further than [others] do, if I understand rightly [this] quotation from the Federalist of an opinion that ‘the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government, but not in relation to the rights of the parties to the compact under which the judiciary is derived.’ If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our Constitution a complete felo de se [act of suicide]. For intending to establish three departments, coordinate and independent, that they might check and balance one another, it has given, according to this opinion, to one of them alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others, and to that one, too, which is unelected by and independent of the nation. For experience has already shown that the impeachment it has provided is not even a scare-crow… The Constitution on this hypothesis is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
A letter to William C. Jarvis in 1820 (emphasis mine)
In the spirit of Jeffersonian Classical Liberalism I submit this video course on how a bill becomes a law.
All branches of government should be required to memorize the words of this video.
We the people; are the only arbiter of the Constitution. Not the Supreme Court, not the Congress, and certainly not the President.
Robert E. Stage Jr.