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Maybe if Donald Trump Watched More PBS or Old School ABC Schoolhouse Rock He Wouldn’t be so Stupid

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As Americans who need healthcare are concerned about the House of Representatives passing Trumpcare , the Senate on the verge of we don’t know what and Donald Trump’s recent tweet identifying him not knowing the difference between a executive order and bill; nostalgia comes to mind of PBS and ABC’s Schoolhouse Rock.

Children of the 70’s and 80’s should fondly remember PBS’s Electric Company, Reading Rainbow, Mister Rodgers and Sesame Street.  You’d also remember waking up Saturday mornings to cartoons and watching Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Richie Rich, Pac Man and many others. It’s in between those fond moments we remember the School House Rock moments where civic vignettes were used as child engagement to inform and educate.

One in particular was “I’m Just a Bill” which could really be helpful for the president who openly tweets in ignorance, lacks of knowledge and a disgrace for position of president of the United Stated.

“I’m Just a Bill”was written by Dave Frishberg, performed by Jack Sheldon and first aired on ABC in 1975. The lyrics are simply put:

Boy: Woof! You sure gotta climb a lot of steps to get to this Capitol Building here in Washington. But I wonder who that sad little scrap of paper is?

I’m just a bill.

Yes, I’m only a bill.

And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.

Well, it’s a long, long journey

To the capital city.

It’s a long, long wait

While I’m sitting in committee,

But I know I’ll be a law someday

At least I hope and pray that I will,

But today I am still just a bill.

Boy: Gee, Bill, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage.

Bill: Well I got this far. When I started, I wasn’t even a bill, I was just an idea. Some folks back home decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their local Congressman and he said, “You’re right, there oughta be a law.” Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress. And I became a bill, and I’ll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law.

I’m just a bill

Yes, I’m only a bill,

And I got as far as Capitol Hill.

Well, now I’m stuck in committee

And I’ll sit here and wait

While a few key Congressmen discuss and debate

Whether they should let me be a law.

How I hope and pray that they will,

But today I am still just a bill.

Boy: Listen to those congressmen arguing! Is all that discussion and debate about you?

Bill: Yeah, I’m one of the lucky ones. Most bills never even get this far. I hope they decide to report on me favourably, otherwise I may die.

Boy: Die?

Bill: Yeah, die in committee. Oooh, but it looks like I’m gonna live! Now I go to the House of Representatives, and they vote on me.

Boy: If they vote yes, what happens?

Bill: Then I go to the Senate and the whole thing starts all over again.

Boy: Oh no!

Bill: Oh yes!

I’m just a bill

Yes, I’m only a bill

And if they vote for me on Capitol Hill

Well, then I’m off to the White House

Where I’ll wait in a line

With a lot of other bills

For the president to sign

And if he signs me, then I’ll be a law.

How I hope and pray that he will,

But today I am still just a bill.

Boy: You mean even if the whole Congress says you should be a law, the president can still say no?

Bill: Yes, that’s called a veto. If the President vetoes me, I have to go back to Congress and they vote on me again, and by that time you’re so old…

Boy: By that time, it’s very unlikely that you’ll become a law. It’s not easy to become a law, is it?

Bill: No!

But how I hope and I pray that I will,

But today I am still just a bill.

Congressman: He signed you, Bill! Now you’re a law!

Bill: Oh yes!!!

 

 

 

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