By Robert Mann
Pity the poor civics teacher who tried last week to explain our broken and dysfunctional political system to a class of seventh-graders. It can be done, of course, but just not in a way that would inspire anyone to consider the noble profession of politics.
Yet, these seventh-graders will one day run our country. In fact, it’s likely we’ll count on them to fix the financial and political chaos their parents’ generation created.
So, why not give it to them straight? Let’s rip out the textbook pages that describe Washington as some kind of dignified chess match. It’s really just the World Wrestling Federation in business suits. The sooner these young people understand that, the better.
If you really want to astonish them, there’s no better place to start than the sausage factory that is our shattered legislative process. So, as a public service to the kids, here’s a helpful revision of the trusty old guide, “How a Bill Becomes Law.”
“Legislation is handed to the clerk of the House or placed in the hopper.” Actually, legislation is often first handed to the member of Congress by a lobbyist from whom the member has accepted tens of thousands in campaign contributions.
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- NBC/WSJ poll: 60 percent say fire every member of Congress (ampoch.wordpress.com)
- Congress Got You Down? New Site Lets You Drunk Dial Them (abcnews.go.com)
- Civics Class? The U.S. government shutdown is teaching students how not to run a country (sott.net)
- NBC/WSJ Poll: Shutdown Doing Major Damage to GOP and Congress Popularity (swampland.time.com)