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How to Pass Legislation in 1 Easy Step

Posted by Jordan Craven on April 30, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Democracy: a form of government that gives power to the people vis-à-vis fair and free elections. It's a simple notion that can often seem complex when it comes to passing legislation.

How do you pass a law that seems so fundamental yet controversial to a small group of people in power? Shouldn't passing basic legislation that would ensure medical accuracy in education be an easy process?

The answer is: Yes.* 

Okay, maybe it's not super easy... and maybe it takes forever... and maybe über conservative lawmakers don't agree with what seems to be an essential part of education, but passing legislation requires just one thing.

It requires patience

I feel like it's almost a foreign concept in today's society of instant gratification, universal access to the internet and LTE. And I'll be the first one to tell you that I'm not the most patient person (especially when it comes to politics). However, patience is a skill that can help you pass meaningful legislation, despite push-back from a select few.

Tell Them® has 18K+ supporters, many of whom are voters and active advocates, which means that we've got the backing to prove South Carolinians care about our issues. One of these important issues, and potentially our most 'famous' one, is reproductive health education (AKA sex ed). 

If you're reading this, you're probably aware of the fact that some of our lawmakers think sex education will just encourage sex, leading to the downfall of modern society. You're also probably aware that this viewpoint is entirely incorrect and based on flawed logic. Sadly, that's what we're up against. 

But Rome wasn't built in a day (pardon the cliché).

And just like Rome, getting legislation passed is going to take some time. But it can be, and it has been, done. Por ejemplo:

  • it took 12 years to enact a cigarette tax
  • it took 8 years to pass the seat belt law
  • and it took 4 years and ongoing efforts to pass a gas tax to improve roads. 

So if you're a bit bummed about Wednesday's hearing on S.574, a bill which would ensure medically accurate sex education, try to remember passing laws take time. I get it... it's frustrating when you're working hard and you feel like there isn't much progress, but think about how great it is going to be when S.574 finally passes (and eventually signed by our Governor). Like, we're gonna throw a party. Throw condoms out windows. The whole nine yards. 

In the mean time, feel free to get angry. Feel free to express yourself and let your lawmakers know that South Carolina needs medically accurate sex education. In the words of Ron Swanson, let your lawmakers know that they need to, "re-think that move, son."

Tell Them® couldn't have gotten to where we are without the support of all the activists who advocated on Bee Day, all the concerned citizens who called their legislator about S.574 or all the parents who emailed their representative to let them know we need medically accurate sex education now. 

For those who drove from out of town Wednesday morning to attend the hearing and didn't get to speak, know that your efforts may not have been heard... but they were seen. Your continual push to get legislation passed is not in vain. 

Remember, this is politics. And patience is all it takes to pass a law. 

And don't forget about that party I want to throw once this is all over. It's going to be epic (I'll even invite Hillary).

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