1. Action: How does one person equal a democracy? I thought I was really good in math, but I can’t figure out that if there are 435 representatives in the House, how one person, Speaker John Boehner, can kill a bill that more than 218 members want to pass. In school, I learned two things: (1) more than half of 435 is 218, and (2) America is a democracy, and that means the majority rules.
Result: In John Boehner’s House of Representatives, what the majority of the elected representatives want doesn’t matter, just what the few extremists in his party want. Therefore, when they don’t like a bill, he doesn’t bring it up for a vote. It is literally dead on arrival from the Senate. This is not how a democracy should function.
2. Action: When the Senate sends a bill to the House, or House members want to initiate a bill, John Boehner should be forced to let democracy work and put it to a vote.
Result: Boehner has made America an oligarchy, a country governed by a small group of people, and himself a dictator who overrides bills he doesn’t like. To restore our country to a democracy, Americans need their elected officials’ voices to be heard and counted, not ignored. Congress needs to govern, instead of doing nothing.