Civics is

the study
of the structure and function
of government,
and the rights and duties
of citizens.

  • It looks at the ways that our governments are organized, how they're supposed to work, and how they really do work.

  • Civics is an essential, but neglected, area of our education. 

  • The government operates by a set of rules.  

  • We have the right and responsibility to participate in our government. 
  • However, we can't participate fully if we don't know those rules.

I've been writing Community Matters since 2008.
Here are my most recent articles.

​Presidential Candidates And Natural Born Citizenship: 
Myths And Facts

American schools don’t teach

this because they don’t want you

to know it.

Once in a while, Americans' robust political ignorance appears again when millions whine that some candidate or another can't be president because they weren’t born in the United States.  They are wrong. ​

Political Ignorance Breeds Political Impotence.


How to Fix America’s Police
Abolish the blue supremacy cult.

Conscious Americans of conscience struggle to break the malicious forces that occupy our cities and subjugate our citizens.  We battle at the dinner table, on the streets, in the media, and in our legislatures.  Meanwhile, Americans who have sworn to uphold the Constitution violently assault and kidnap civilians who exercise their first amendment rights.  America has reached its Rosa Parks moment.​

Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting    ~    Community Matters
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Established 1993

Prosecuting and Convicting American Presidents:  Myths and Facts

Yes, It can be done.

American political lore claims that it’s illegal to arrest or indict a sitting president.  That’s false.  The Constitution says no such thing.  And that’s the only thing that counts.  Only the possible political and logistical calamities prevent an indictment. 

Sovereign Citizens, Constitutional Sheriffs, and Domestic Terror Organizations

You can’t just make stuff up, folks.

Some Americans claim to be sovereign citizens, or constitutional sheriffs, or demand that our government designate some organizations as terrorists.  The words “sovereign” “sheriff” and “terrorist” aren’t in the constitution. But our schools won’t teach this stuff because they don’t want you to know it.

Patricia A. O'Malley

Social Policy & Programs Consulting

Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice

I teach seventh grade civics to adults because

our schools won't do it.

It's not your boring high school civics class.
Pat uses current events and the U.S. Constitution to explain what's happening, and why.
​With these tools, you can better understand current events, 
be an informed voter, and influence your government officials.
You can help make the world be what you want it to be.

 ​America will work for you

when you know how to make it work.
American politics are in turmoil because most Americans don't understand how their government works.

Those who understand how government 
works know how to influence it. 
Through Community Matters, I use the U.S. Constitution and current events to teach American government – civics.
I don't report the news.  I explain it.