I was curious as to what the biggest government in the history of the world was teaching the kids these days, so I visited one of their websites specifically made for the young ones.
I wanted to know how this mighty military empire explains the process of government to kids. What’s the difference between Congress & The President?
Here’s what I found, right from the horse’s mouth:
Laws begin as ideas. These ideas may come from a Representative—or from a citizen like you. Citizens who have ideas for laws can contact their Representatives to discuss their ideas. If the Representatives agree, they research the ideas and write them into bills.
Creating laws is the U.S. House of Representatives’ most important job. All laws in the United States begin as bills. Before a bill can become a law, it must be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the President.
Awww…isn’t that sweet?
Even you, little child, can have a hand in creating laws…Just contact your “Representative” and discuss it with him/her. It is then the job of Congress to debate and pass your “idea”.
So, one must wonder: Where does the President fit in?
What does the Executive Branch do?
Again, according to what the government is telling innocent kids:
The executive branch, led by the President and the Vice President, enforces our laws.
Pretty straight forward: Laws are created by the House & Senate, and The President is in charge of enforcing the laws that Congress creates.
Such an easy sell, when you start the kids young enough.
Now let’s step into reality.
NYTimes Columnist Maureen Dowd writes about how President Obama is having such a hard time getting his agenda through Congress. Right away, based on what government is teaching kids, a light bulb should turn on in your head: Aren’t we the citizens, who have representatives, who create bills…blah…blah..blah?
Anyway, Dowd is naturally upset that Obama’s agenda is being stonewalled by Congress. So she gives The President some advice (my emphasis):
The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.
Bravo! Now let’s go fight those dictators around the world! USA! USA!
Dowd should do a tour of the fine government schools in this country, and teach the young ones about The Iron Fist of Leadership.
Either that, or the government needs to update its websites to reflect how government in “the land of the free” really works.