But nothing here prevents us caring citizens at the Sierra Madre Tattler from discussing this election. After all, we are still a part of the Pasadena Unified School District, even if that school district took away our right to a vote in their election through the illegal Measure A. I'm sure that many women talked about voting when the law denied them the right to do so over 100 years ago. As did African Americans in the Deep South during the terrible days of racial segregation. Sierra Madre is now somewhere in that category.
|Scouts breaking their oath?|
ACT also had our own former Mayor John Buchanan to their debate shindig the other week as moderator. I wasn't there, but I understand that our boy did almost as much talking as the actual candidates. John truly is a man of deep convictions, fortified by his powerful psychological need to make himself heard. That he did not want to discuss our stolen vote is troublesome, though.
This is, of course, all the regular stuff. And coming from District 3 Mr. Hueso is in an area that still has the right to vote in this election. But there is also something kind of uniquely odd that we'd like to bring to your attention. One point that Ruben Hueso likes to make a big deal about is his support for the Boy Scouts. If you click on the colorful Hueso campaign material we posted today it will enlarge and you can easily see that there is a definite Boy Scout theme going on here. Up top we can see Ruben proudly attired in his own scout regalia, and to the right he and some actual scouts are saluting the American flag in a classroom setting. All fine I guess. Certainly a man can take some pride in his support and volunteer work for so fine an organization.
But wait, is this all actually a good thing? Perhaps not. Apparently the use of both actual Boy Scouts and Scout uniforms and regalia in political material of the kind the Ruben Hueso campaign has produced and mailed out to select PUSD District 3 voters is a very serious violation of Boy Scouts of America regulations.
This from the Boy Scouts of America.org (click here):
Can a BSA Scout participate in a Political Event? The question of Scouts at a political event comes up every time there are campaigns. My understanding is that the policy is that it is OK for Scouts to perform patriotic duties (like a flag ceremony) at a political campaign, but they cannot be seen endorsing a candidate or handing out political fliers.
Scouts are often seen with candidates of all political parties performing flag ceremonies. They should not be seen cheering on the candidate. The policy is: Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Art. IX, cl. 2 and 6:
clause 2. "The officers and leaders of the Boy Scouts of America shall, when practicable, cooperate in connection with civic or other public gatherings of a nonpartisan and nonpolitical character which gives Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers [Ventures] an opportunity to render service in harmony with their training instead of merely taking part in parades or making a show of themselves in their uniforms."
clause 6. " The Boy Scouts of America shall not, through its governing body or through any of its officers, its chartered Councils, or members, involve the Scouting movement in any question of a political character. However, this shall not be interpreted to prevent the teaching of patriotism and good citizenship as required to fulfill the Corporation's purpose. This policy shall also not limit the freedom of thought or action of any official or member as an individual."
Cub Scout Leader's Manual: Chapter 7: Uniform Rules and Regulations "The uniform may not be worn by either Cub Scouts or adult leaders when: Involved in any distinctly political endeavor."
Here it is again from another site on Boy Scout policies (click here):
Boy Scouts of America policy prohibits Scouts from participating in political activities. BSA membership applications, under Program Policies, state: Citizenship activities are encouraged, but partisan political activities are prohibited.
Uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at political events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform or in a conspicuous location where television viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind. Leaders must be alert to situations that would imply that the BSA favors one candidate over another. Strict observance of our long-standing policy against the active participation of uniformed Scouts and leaders in political events is mandatory.
One more time for thoroughness (click here):
Uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at political events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform or in a conspicuous location where television viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind.
Volunteers and professionals must be alert to situations that would imply that the BSA favors one candidate over another. Strict observance of our long-standing policy against the active participation of uniformed Scouts and leaders in political events is mandatory.
As you can plainly see, Ruben Hueso has himself broken some very specific rules of the Boy Scouts of America. But in his mad rush to use the Boy Scouts as a personal political campaign prop, Ruben has also dragged some actual scouts into this mess, and at his request they too are breaking Boy Scout regulations on political participation as well. Which is kind of an unfortunate thing for Ruben to have done. These kids, should they be identified, could very well be kicked out of Scouting.
If you click here you will be taken to the Ruben Hueso campaign website events page. Here you will read that Ruben is to be given an award by the Boy Scouts tonight. Here is what it says:
Ruben will be receiving the Silver Beaver Award at the Los Angeles Area Boy Scout Council's annual dinner at the Quiet Canon in Montebello. The Silver Beaver is the highest award bestowed upon a volunteer.
Given what we have seen here about how Ruben Hueso has violated Boy Scout usage policies regarding his own political campaign, perhaps they might want to reconsider.
Bonus Conway Coverage
Pasadena Star News: "Prosecutor spells out case against Nick Conway, former SGVCOG director" (click here). Photos of Courtroom action on the SGV Tribune site can be accessed by clicking here.