Civics 101 — emergency edition

My host had a major malfunction a few days ago, so I am reposting this to be sure my latest edits are in it. How laws are made President or congressman proposes a bill. The bill is debated in congress. It may be amended. It is put to a vote. If it wins a majority vote in the House and the Senate, it is sent to the President for his or her signature. If the president signs the bill, it becomes law. If the president vetoes it, Congress can try again or drop it altogether. The basis of American democracy is majority rule. If a majority of Congress and the President approve a bill, it becomes the law of the land. Laws can be changed, amended or revoked by future Congresses. The process is the same as above. This system has worked very well for the last two centuries (except for that one little glitch in the 1860s). How laws are not made A minority of Congressmen demands a law be revoked, amended, or created, as the case may be. They obstruct necessary legislation until their demands are met. The nation grinds to a halt. Note that this behavior is ...
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