1.2 Government Was Designed to Be Difficult
If you don't believe me, take a look at this infographic that shows all the steps it takes for a bill to become a law:
Source: Congressman Alan Lowenthal
The Founding Fathers built a system of checks and balances to make sure that everybody had a voice in the political process. They wanted to ensure that the minority opinion had a chance to be heard and policies would not be passed based on a mob mentality or the whims and impulses of a few politicians.
Getting a new law passed is difficult: only about 2-3% of bills written get signed into law. There are many roadblocks each bill has to overcome and stakeholders that need to comment on the new policy.
While we often complain about Congress being inefficient, the system is in place for a reason and helps protect our democracy. It is vital to keep this in mind when advocating for your issue so you do not give up when faced with the many obstacles you will certainly encounter.
Persistence is key.
A nonprofit had been advocating for a new policy for over nine years. They had made great progress convincing members of Congress that their issue was important, but the law they were working on had not been passed.
Close to giving up, they held a meeting to discuss working on a different policy and shifting their advocacy strategy to the state level. They decided to keep fighting for the law, and in year ten, the policy passed. Their issue now gets over $100 million dollars each year in funding and the new policy has had a tremendous impact on their issue. If they had given up, their nine years of work would have been for nothing.