Seriously, has politics ever been this intriguing? And let me be the first to thank #45 for that! Trump’s unbelievable, undeserved rise to the United States presidency has sparked the attention and participation of hundreds of everyday citizens to this mighty game called ‘POLITICS’. Not since the historic win of Barack Obama, the first African-American U.S. president, has any one figure had this much sway (positive and negative) over the hearts and minds of the nation and the World. No doubt this is Trump’s wet dream personified, and we’re stuck lying on the wet side of the bed. Ugh!
Anyway, back to the gamey aspect of our present political atmosphere … uhhhh, I created a game! – the “2020 PRESIDENTIAL FANTASY TEAM” Game!
The first thing I did was to give my fantasy presidential party a name and a slogan: The Black Coffee Party – ‘Cus We Woke! (aka TCB Party… I love it!).
The next task was to layout a clear definition of the Office of The President itself, as well the 16 other components that go into a United States presidential governing body, known as the Cabinet. The titles and a brief history of each of the departments are listed below, as well as the mission each are charged with.
The key pieces and positions are in place. Its just a matter of finding the right players for the game. And a grand game it will be! My choice of candidates will be persons who I deemed to be progressive, bi-partisan, socially conscious and responsible, politically savvy, non-deferential to the old establishment party lines, culturally and racially diverse, innovative, motivational and believers who are faithful to the righteous tenets of the United States Constitution (there’s some really good stuff in that document!) and the letter of the law and are interested in Making America GRRRRRRRRREAT! (…yeah, well I said this was imaginary … or is it?)
Established: George Washington was the first President of the United States (1789–1797). At present the President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet.
Mission: To advance the national interests of the United States and its people. Every foreign policy decision by the President and the Secretary of State is to be made with the interests and protection of the American people in mind.
Mission: To succeed to the presidency upon the death or resignation of a president and to preside over the Senate. Vice presidents cannot vote in the Senate, except to break a tie, nor may they formally address the Senate, except with the senators’ permission.
2. Department of State
Established: The Department of State was originally established by the First Congress of the United States as the Department of Foreign Affairs on July 27, 1789. The name was changed to the Department of State less than 2 months later, when Congress passed an Act to “provide for the safe keeping of the Acts, Records, and Seal of the United States, and for other purposes.”
Mission: Develop foreign policy, advance freedom, and create a secure and beneficial world for the American people and the international community.
Mission: Collect revenue (the IRS is the largest of Treasury’s bureaus), produce money, and formulate economic policy.
4. Department of Defense
Established: The Department of Defense was founded with the signing of the National Security Act of 1947 by President Harry S. Truman. The Act merged the Department of War, which had been established in 1789 as one of the original four Cabinet-level positions, and the Department of the Navy, and also created the United States Air Force. The new department was originally named the National Military Establishment, but the unfortunate pronunciation of its acronym (lol!) prompted it to be renamed 2 years later.
Mission: Provide the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States.
Mission: Enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law, prevent and control crime, and seek just punishment for criminals.
Mission: Protect and provide access to our nation’s natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian Tribes and our commitments to island communities.
Mission: Formulate policy on farming, food, and natural resources, maintain food safety, and combat hunger worldwide.
8. Department of Commerce
Established: The Department of Commerce and Labor was created in 1903, but the Department of Commerce wasn’t established as it is known today until President William H. Taft split the department on his final day in office in 1913.
Mission: Foster, serve, and promote the nation’s economic development and technological advancement.
Mission: Assure work safety, fair pay, and unemployment insurance benefits.
10. Department of Health and Human Services
Established: The Department of Health and Human Services was created in 1980 following the separation of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, a Cabinet-level department established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.
Mission: Protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
11. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Established: The Department of Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965, which was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, created HUD as a Cabinet-level agency.
Mission: Increase home ownership, support community development, and increase access to affordable housing.
Mission: Ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system.
13. Department of Energy
Established: President Jimmy Carter established the Department of Energy in 1977 to centralize the government’s energy policy in the wake of an oil crisis. The DOE was the first addition to the Cabinet in 11 years.
Mission: Advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States and promote scientific and technological innovation.
14. Department of Education
Established: President Carter delivered on a 1976 campaign promise to the National Education Association when he signed a bill establishing the Department of Education as the 13th Cabinet-level department in 1979. The Office of Education was previously within the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Mission: Foster excellence and equal access by establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, distribute and monitor financial aid, and collect data on the nation’s schools.
15. Department of Veterans Affairs
Established:In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that would establish the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Cabinet-level department the following year. The Veterans Administration had been operating since 1930 and the elevation to Cabinet-level status did little to change its role.
Mission: Care for the nation’s veterans, issue checks for disability, education and pensions, and supervise national cemeteries.
16. Department of Homeland Security
Established: The Office of Homeland Security was established to foster intelligence information sharing in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. DHS became a Cabinet-level department under President George W. Bush with the passing of the Homeland Security Act in 2002 and merged 22 agencies, including the Customs Service, United States Border Patrol, Coast Guard, and Secret Service.
Mission: Secure the country and preserve America’s freedoms while preparing to respond to all hazards and disasters
GUIDELINES FOR THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL FANTASY TEAM GAME:
- ALL HEADLOUNGE FANS AND FOLLOWERS ARE WELCOMED TO JOIN IN ON THE GAME! MAKE IMPROBABLE, OUTRAGEOUS PICKS OR DEAD-ASS SERIOUS ONES.
- I’VE CREATED A GROUP PAGE ‘2020 PRESIDENTIAL FANTASY TEAM’ WITH STAT SHEETS (JPGS FOUND ON THE RIGHT PANEL UNDER ‘RECENT GROUP PHOTOS’) FOR EACH OF THE 17 POSITIONS, THAT CAN BE DOWNLOADED AND PRINTED OUT. THERE’S EVEN A SECTION FOR NOTES YOU MAY WANT TO MAKE FOR YOUR SELECTION PROCESSES.
- YOU CAN ALSO PARTICIPATE BY POSTING IN THE COMMENT SECTION UNDER EACH GOVERNMENTAL SEAL ON THE PAGE.
- JOIN THE GROUP PAGE AND POST YOUR STATS PAGES WHENEVER YOU LIKE FOR FEEDBACK, SERIOUS THOUGHT OR A GOOD LAUGH. THERE’LL BE PERIODIC SCORE BOARDS POSTED WITH AN UPDATE ON THE HIGHEST SCORING CANDIDATES IN EACH DEPARTMENT.
- THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019. WHO’LL WIN? THE PLAYER WITH THE MOST POPULAR, MOST COMPLETE TEAM WITH A SPECIAL PRIZE TO BE ANNOUNCED … HAVE AT IT PILGRIMS!