This series (see, it’s happening!) will be about how a bill becomes law, but first things first.

 

I need to make it clear that our founders and framers were interested in freedom for every individual, and the best way to do that is to limit the scope of the federal government.

 

At some point I will write a blog about the whole slavery thing (see I can read you mind!), but for now, just know that slavery was not invented by the founders (it was invented about 3 years after people were invented) and even the majority of them who held slaves would have ended the practice at the time of the signing of the Declaration, if they could have. Being that they could not and also live, Jefferson set the bar HIGH for individual freedom and set the stage for freedom for all. If our CREATOR gives rights, then how can anyone keep a slave? All you have to do is read Lincoln’s arguments later against people trying to pervert bible doctrine to say that God is for slavery. He slayed them, it was great! Anyway…

I won’t get into how the laws were at the time, how if you left a slave go, you have to buy property for them, and after many people freed their slaves upon death and bequeathed their estates to the newly freed slaves, the states changed the laws so they couldn’t do that…effectively keeping all current slaves as slaves. But, once again, I digress…

 

OKAY, bills. Yes, it seems that someone just writes a bill, the two houses vote on it, and the president signs it. VOILA! A law is born!

 

Not so fast. There are about 8,000 (slight hyperbole) hurdles that a bill has to jump to even get to that stage and we’ll get to them.

 

Right now, you have to know that our framers, in the interest of keeping the federal government within the constraints of the scope allowed it in the Constitution, made the system of government to be glacially slow…almost to the point of not getting anything done, except really, really important things like national security.

 

How does that ensure freedom? Well, when the government DOES SOMETHING and FAST, it turns out poorly. Did TARP work out? How about the stimulus? And, the Patriot Act? How about that Federal Reserve? Yeah, all not working out so well. When the government acts fast, it will invariably exceed its Constitutional authority. Count on it. The end result is usually a stunted economy and more regulations that kill jobs, plus a loss of freedoms outside the economic kind.

 

So, next time, we’ll discuss the first stages of a newly conceived idea that will become a bill. I’m not going to get all super technical. I’m going to give you the elevator version so you can stay awake. I’ll link to the long, boring, but technically spot on place to get the nitty gritty, if you are so inclined.