CIVICS 101

April - June 2020

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Civics May 29, 2020



Those of you who have voted by mail or online, already know this, however for those who vote in person at a polling place, what a surprise you'll find come June 2nd. Aside from the political offices that are up for grabs every presidential election year, you get to decide on whom you want to give your vote to, as Delegates. 

There are delegates who attend the Democratic National Convention and there are delegates who attend the Republican National Convention. These people are actually voted into these temporary non-paid positions if you will. And they are people who have to love politics because all expenses in terms of attending the political conventions are on them. 

Let me back up for a minute: For those of you who may be new SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper readers, this column, "Civics 101,"  is meant to be a reminder to some of us, and a real lesson to others of us, what Civics is all about. Civics essentially is the American way of life. We have laws and rules to govern our nation. We have checks and balances i.e. the U.S. Constitution, to see to it that elected officials don't run ram-shod and try and turn our democracy into anything that resembles (for example) Russia's government.  

Now let me share some information about these delegates. We will all have to decide which ones we will vote for on Primary Election day. I just counted the names on the list supplied to me by City Commissioner Omar Sabir's office. Mind you, I counted both Democrats and Republicans who want to be delegates at their respective party Conventions. There's a total of 77 people who are running statewide to be delegates. If you look at that list of names as you prepare to vote, it can be daunting. So, what is a delegate and why are they important? A delegate is a person selected to represent a group of people in some political assembly of the United States. There are various types of delegates elected to different political bodies. In the United States Congress, delegates are elected to represent the interest of a United States territory and its citizens of nationals. In addition, certain U.S. states are governed by a House of Delegates or another parliamentary assembly whose members are known as elected delegates.


     Here's another civics lesson for you, and it's in real-time. Problem is, the plans of the founding Fathers of the United States are not working out properly. The man currently holding the office of president flouts the law and ignores what the United States Constitution says. 

    Donald Trump has gotten rid of a key person on a panel of Federal watchdogs, who was put in place to oversee implementation of the $2 trillion Coronavirus law. Trump hand-picked, instead, a replacement of the Pentagon official who was supposed to lead that effort. A panel of inspector generals had named Glenn Fine, the acting Pentagon watchdog, to oversee the group put in charge of watching over the coronavirus relief aid. Number 45 removed Mr. Fine from his position and chose someone who is believed will be a "yes man" to Trump, the EPA inspector general, to serve as a temporary Pentagon watchdog, while still handling all his other duties. This decision by the president started going public on Tuesday of this week. It effectively removes Fine from his role overseeing Coronavirus relief, since the new law permits only current inspector generals to fill the position. 

    Fine's removal is number 45's latest effort of trying to act like a dictator, dipping into the business of the community of independent Federal watchdogs and it looks like he'll get away with this too. 


To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - May 1, 2020 - page 8

     Did you know that part of your right as a citizen is the right to vote? As long as you are of the age of 18 on election day, and you have registered to vote before the deadline, you can vote. As part of the United States Constitution, voting was initiated to give Americans the right to choose, with the majority winning on who could represent them at the Federal, state and local levels. In the case of African Americans and women, getting the right to vote took much longer than it did for white men.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the voting process has gotten very tricky in a crazy time in our nation’s history. From the month of March, until now, there have been states that decided to postpone their primary elections, even in this critical presidential election year, for fear, some would be voters might come in contact the coronavirus, while out innocently voting. There’s also the fear that because of COVID-19, some would be voters will just stay home and not exercise their right to vote, again for fear they might come in contact with the virus. Equally people who work at polling places are concerned for their health and it was reported in locations such as Milwaukee, Wisconsin that in some instances, poll workers scheduled to work at certain polling places just never showed up.


 
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - April 24, 2020 - page 8 

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     We are doing our best to share what we as American citizens need to know about our government and how it works via the SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper. It's called Civics. To have knowledge about civics can certainly help one to understand what your rights are, as an American citizen and what powers our government officials have, through its three branches, Legislative, Judicial and Executive. Three cheers for SCOOP Publisher and Owner Sherri Darden for coming up with this great idea for this column.

    In real-time, I can certainly share information with our SCOOP Readers about what's unfolding in our nation right now, related to our U.S. Constitution and what Donald Trump is trying to pull off. Trump is thinking more and more each day that he is a Dictator, all-powerful, and whatever he says goes. However, that is not true. That's exactly why the founding fathers of America put in place three arms of government, so they can check each other.

    When the harsh realities of the Coronavirus pandemic really started hitting home in America, Trump first told Governors, 'You are on your own. It's not up to the Federal government to help you get supplies for your hospitals,' etc. Number 45 further declared, 'I'm leaving it up to individual Governors to decide what's best for their states, in terms of closing businesses, closing schools, and telling citizens to stay home. I trust the governors to make their own decisions.'


 To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - April 17, 2020 - page 8  

What is my civic duty? mote current deals

     What is my civic duty? My civic duty is to vote once I am of voting age. It’s to pay attention to what our elected officials are doing and when they’re not doing a good job to work hard to get them out of office. My civic duty is to care about the place and community where I live, to help keep it clean and to look out for neighbors.

      My civic duty is to educate my children and grandchildren or other youngsters in my life about the importance of caring about our nation and yes, again, voting when they are of the voting age. 

    My civic duty is to teach the younger ones in our families and neighborhoods about our government and the fact that there are three arms of our government, because these days, most school systems don’t teach this subject anymore. To tell the truth, sometimes, us “old heads” need a refresher course on Civics. I know I did and that’s why I thank my Publisher Sherri Darden for giving me this assignment to write a weekly installment about Civics 101. It’s helping me to remember what I learned years ago in grade school and junior high school. Everybody needs a refresher course once in a while. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking at the role of the Executive Branch of Government and what it does. A key part of the Executive branch is the President’s Cabinet members. 


 
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The Role of the Vice President

    The SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper continues in its mission this week, to shine the spotlight on Civics, as it is laid out in the United States Constitution for this nation of ours. Each week we’re looking at a different arm if you will, of “Civics” and what it means.

    Let me give a brief recap, so those of you who missed last week’s column can catch up. Last week we delved into the Executive Branch of our government which is supposed to carry out and enforce laws. It includes the president, vice president, the cabinet, executive departments, independent agencies and other boards, commissions and committees. The president of the United States is the head of the executive branch and he gets assistance from the vice president, department heads (which are the president’s cabinet members) and heads of independent agencies.

    My focus this time is on the Vice President, who is the second highest official in rank of the federal government. I’ll also explore more about the cabinet and what they do, in today’s column.

 
To read more visit SCOOPUSAMedia - April 3, 2020 - page 7