Patricia A. O'Malley

Social Policy & Programs Consulting

Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice

These essays do what our schools fail to do.
They teach civics properly.
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.


The same old issues keep re-appearing on our political landscape.

This is an update on a recurring issue.


​Defective Teaching Methods Produce American Political Ignorance
What’s wrong with our civics education and how to fix it.

Civics courses are supposed to teach how our government works in real life.  Americans' anger at government has been growing for 30 years.  We've seen griping, grumbling, ranting, and raving about government's size and its role in our lives.  False information causes much of the noise.  Civil, healthy debate is valuable, but it's impossible when the participants are uneducated.  

Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting    ~    Community Matters
P.O. Box 97803    ~    Pittsburgh, PA  15227   ~    412-310-4886    ~
Copyright Patricia A. O'Malley    ~    All rights reserved
Established 1993

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.

Non-Voting Delegates to Congress
Who are they and what do they do?

Three treaties in 1785, 1835, and 1866 permit the Cherokee Nation to send a non-voting delegate to Washington to represent the Nation’s interests in Congress. 

On August 29, 2019 – 234 years later –  the Cherokee tribal council approved Kimberly Teehee as its first delegate.

Treason:  Myths and Facts
Sorry folks.

Donald Trump is not a traitor

Politicians, pundits, journalists, and civilians have been slinging the word treason like a white glove to the face since Donald Trump became president.  Most of them are wrong.  No one in the United States has committed treason since World War II.  And it’s impossible to commit it at this time.​

Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote
Honor those who fought for you.

Most people know that one vote can decide an election.  But they don’t believe that one candidate can make a difference in their lives.  They’re probably right, and that’s why many don’t vote.  But a bundle of good legislators can make that difference.

Political Ignorance Breeds Political Impotence.