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April 28, 2019 at 11:05 am in reply to: Module 2.4.3: Branches of Government, Legislative (Due April 26) #46305
Since all bills have to go through such a long process to actually become law this helps with weeding a lot of the bills out. Amendments and modifications to the language within bills also must take place. There has to be a compromise to make sure that everyone feels they are passing a law that is appropriate. Hopefully, there will be a broad representation in the legislature so that laws are passed which will benefit the majority of people. So I think it is good to see that only 1 in 10 bills become law as it shows that lawmakers are proposing lots of changes but every bill that is proposed shouldn’t necessarily become law.
I think many times when a bill is pushed into law too soon you can see there can be loopholes found as Natalie was speaking about. Although I feel that if there is a will there is a way and if someone wants to find a loophole or a different interpretation of the law the way they see fit, we can get into trouble. That is why we have the judicial branch to help us interpret the laws if need be.March 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm in reply to: Module 2.1: Branches of Government, Intro (Due March 15) #45778
I would have to agree with Larry, I would like to work in the legislative branch. I think it would be pretty cool to help write and pass laws that would benefit our society.
I feel as though the idea of popular sovereignty, that the people are the highest political authority in democracy, is not always practiced in democracies today. Generally, if someone is able to raise enough funds to run for office they have a higher chance of being elected. This may mean that the more qualified person who was not able to raise vast amounts of money, is then not elected. I think money plays a huge role in how many elected officials make decisions as well. Some decisions have huge impacts on people they aren’t generally thinking about.
Also, if the general population is not educated on the dynamics of government and learning about the people who they are voting for, then popular sovereignty does not work as it should. I do think it is important for people to make sure to vote for people that are well aligned with their values. When elected officials then have values that do not align with values of their constituents, this is where advocacy becomes so important.