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Episode 39: Sharon Answers Your Questions #2

podcast Oct 11, 2021

In this episode, Sharon sits down to answer your burning questions about the American government. From state secession and immigration to the Library of Congress artifacts and city council, Sharon fields questions that are piquing the interest of the Governerd community. Have a question for Sharon? Visit sharonmcmahon.com/podcast to record a voice memo with your question for consideration in the next Sharon Q&A episode. 

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This Episode Will Teach You:

  • What is political will? 
  • How to get more involved in local government 
  • The strange and interesting artifacts in the Library of Congress
  • Thomas Jefferson’s homemade ice cream recipe  
  • Why you should get more involved in your local government 
  • Can states break up into smaller states? 
  • The comprehensive process of U.S. citizenship 

3 Biggest Takeaways:

  • Contrary to popular belief, you can live in the United States legally and not be a citizen. There are a variety of different avenues for legal residency in America that do not require full citizenship. Options include a Green Card, work visa, and DREAM Act. Circumstances that constitute legal residency in the U.S. as an immigrant include moving to America for family, accepting a job in a highly desirable field of work, seeking refugee, and so on. Those who choose to pursue citizenship must first establish five years of legal residency in the United States. 
  • The Library of Congress is not merely a cement building in Washington D.C. filled with books. What many Americans don’t know is that it is filled with 164 million artifacts besides books. These include a palm print from Amelia Earhart, a lock of Thomas Jefferson’s hair, the items from Abraham Lincoln’s pocket the night he was assassinated, and even Rosa Parks’ peanut butter pancake recipe. The Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and remains a free resource for visitors of the District of Columbia. 
  • The value of local government is widely misunderstood. The United States is governed by a federal institution. However, most United States communities have their own form of government that has the power to create change for you and your neighbors. Understanding the structure of your local government, often referred to as a city council, is vital to the integrity of your community. You can get involved in local government in many ways, whether you serve on a legislative board or lobby for change.

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