The Savvy Citizen

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Welcome to The Savvy Citizen!

The Savvy Citizen podcast is for ordinary Americans seeking to get back to the basics.

The podcast will help listeners gain and maintain …

  • a working knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates 
  • a general understanding of the American legal system, the role it plays in society and culture, and how to participate in it
  • a strong understanding of the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship
  • a curiosity for all viewpoints and a steadfast belief in freedom for all, not just some; and an appreciation of American history and its place in the world.

Please join me as we go back in time and relearn the basics. America isn’t called America the Beautiful for no reason!

THE SAVVY CITIZEN SHOW TRAILER

Have you ever …

… had a gut feeling about something, but lacked confidence that you actually “knew enough” to have a meaningful conversation about it, so you just kept your mouth shut?

Have you ever …

… been confronted about the validity of your point-of-view or belief system and struggled to find just the right words to silence your critics?

Have you ever … 

… been terrified that a discussion is about to escalate into an emotional free-for-all, but felt totally ill-equipped to bring it down a notch so a less hair triggering conversation could take place?

If so, this podcast is for you. 

I’m Attorney Kelley Keller, and I take the awe out of the law.   

I’m passionate about teaching ordinary everyday Americans how to understand and access the law, know the rights it protects, and learn to advocate effectively for things that matter.  That’s why I created The Savvy Citizen podcast. 

You see, not too long ago, I grappled with explaining my viewpoints in an easy-to-understand and non-confrontational way so I wouldn’t put my personal relationships at risk.  

This really bothered me because I’m a well-trained and experienced lawyer who mines facts and de-escalates conflict for a living, so I, of all people, should be really good at this, right?  

But I wasn’t.   

So, like many of us, I just kept quiet and stayed on the sidelines to “keep the peace.”

But that didn’t really work for me.  

I was just becoming increasingly frustrated and, quite frankly, annoyed when others would declare the superiority of their “Constitutional rights,” even though such rights don’t actually exist, or when they would assert their opinions on complex topics as if they were unassailable facts that no one dared challenge on pain of cancellation.  

While well-intentioned, they were simply not well-informed. 

In fact, they were so far off the mark it was actually quite concerning. The highly-charged discourse was driving a wedge deeper and deeper between well-meaning people and wreaking havoc on friendships, family relationships, and community and workplace culture.  

So, I started to ask … in earnest ….

What is happening in our country and why is our rhetoric so angry and full of invective? 

What is all of this division really a symptom of?  

And, what kind of powder created this massive cultural implosion?

I searched and searched and couldn’t find satisfying answers. I also learned that many others felt the same way.  

So, I started digging – reading everything I could get my hands on that would help me understand what on earth was going on. 

Over time, the data I was gathering through my studies began to reveal patterns and practices that lead to similar results again and again.  

Themes were coming into focus and then the lightbulbs started going off. 

While I didn’t necessarily like the results of these patterns and practices, at least I understood why things were unfolding as they were.  But, I’ll tell you, unless you do the homework, easy-to-understand answers are very tough to find.  

As this process continued, my frustration began to fuel inspiration and a true desire to share what I’d learned – and continue to learn. 

That’s why I’m launching The Savvy Citizen podcast, and, in due course, other supporting resources.

So, in a nutshell, the mission of The Savvy Citizen podcast is to equip ordinary American citizens with the civic knowledge, legal understanding, and historical context needed to formulate, articulate, and defend one’s perspective and viewpoints.

The podcast will equip you, the audience, in three ways:

  • First, the podcast will provide easy-to-understand explanations of the founding of America, its history, the legal system and resulting legal culture, and the role citizens play in it;
  • Second, it will provide engaging content on various part of American life and why it is the way it is; and
  • Third, it will include lively conversations with the melting pot of everyday Americans from all walks of life and worldviews … 

 

By focusing on these three content areas, The Savvy Citizen promises to be an interesting, albeit challenging, podcast.

Here are five benefits listeners will experience by tuning in.

  • First, the podcast will help listeners gain and maintain a working knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates  
  • Second, the podcast will help listeners gain and maintain a general understanding of the American legal system, the role it plays in society and culture, and how to participate in it
  • Third, the podcast will help listeners gain and maintain a strong understanding of the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship
  • Fourth, the podcast will help listeners gain and maintain a curiosity for all viewpoints and a steadfast belief in freedom for all, not just some; and
  • Fifth, the podcast will help listeners gain and maintain an appreciation of American history and its place in the world.

 

I call these the 5 pillars of savvy citizenship and every single episode of The Savvy Citizen podcast will contribute to advancing one or more of these pillars. 

This, my friends, is my promise to you.

As they say, school’s never out for the pro, so if you’re game to learn alongside me, then you have come to the right place.

I’m your host Kelley Keller and you’re listening to The Savvy Citizen podcast.

I’ll see you in Episode 1.