Elite democracy

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Prediction

  1. What is the meaning of elite democracy?

  2. Use elite democracy in a sentence (that you will be proud for an admissions officer to find on your Instagram page one day):

  3. Describe a connection to elite democracy in current events:

  4. Find an image related to elite democracy:


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Definition

Elite democracy: (The United States is a representative democracy. Representative democracies can take several forms along the scale from Participatory democracy, Pluralist democracy, to Elite democracy). Elite democracy is a model of democracy in which a small number of people, usually those who are wealthy and well-educated, influence political decision making.

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In an elite democracy only a small number of elite individuals with high levels of education and high socioeconomic status have sway in making policy decision.

Current Events

Why the power elite continues to dominate American politics

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  1. What is eilte democracy?

  2. Describe an example in current politics that illustrates the idea of eilte democracy:

  3. Has American republican democracy become more of an eilte democracy over time?

  4. Does an eilte democracy empower all Americans the same?

  5. Has the current President increased or decreased American eilte democracy?

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Participatory democracy

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Prediction

  1. What is the meaning of participatory democracy?

  2. Use participatory democracy in a sentence (that you will be proud for an admissions officer to find on your Instagram page one day):

  3. Describe a connection to participatory democracy in current events:

  4. Find an image related to participatory democracy:


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Participatory democracy: (The United States is a representative democracy. Representative democracies can take several forms along the scale from Participatory democracy, Pluralist democracy, to Elite democracy). Participatory democracy is a model of democracy in which citizens have the power to decide directly on policy and politicians are responsible for implementing those policy decisions.

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In a participatory democracy, town hall meetings and referendums are examples of people having the power to make policy decisions. In a pluralist democracy, participation in groups formed around common causes is the chief method to influence policy decisions. In an elite democracy, only a small number of elite individuals have sway in making policy decision.

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Engaging youth key to thriving cities


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  1. What is participatory democracy?

  2. Describe an example in current politics that illustrates the idea of participatory democracy:

  3. Has American republican democracy become more of a participatory democracy over time?

  4. Does a participatory democracy empower all Americans the same?

  5. Has the current President increased or decreased American participatory democracy?

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Pluralist democracy

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Prediction

  1. What is the meaning of pluralist democracy?

  2. Use pluralist democracy in a sentence (that you will be proud for an admissions officer to find on your Instagram page one day):

  3. Describe a connection to pluralist democracy in current events:

  4. Find an image related to pluralist democracy:


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Pluralist democracy: (The United States is a representative democracy. Representative democracies can take several forms along the scale from Participatory democracy, Pluralist democracy, to Elite democracy). Pluralist democracy is a model of democracy in which no single group dominates politics and organized groups compete with each other to influence policy. We see examples of pluralist democracy at both the state level and the federal level. As in a participatory democracy, anyone can participate in influencing political decisions, but in a pluralist democracy, individuals work through groups formed around common causes.

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In a participatory democracy, town hall meetings and referendums are examples of people having the power to make policy decisions. In a pluralist democracy, participation in groups formed around common causes is the chief method to influence policy decisions. In an elite democracy, only a small number of elite individuals have sway in making policy decision.

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America Is Not a Democracy


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  1. What is pluralist democracy?

  2. Describe an example in current politics that illustrates the idea of pluralist democracy:

  3. Has American republican democracy become more of a pluralist democracy over time?

  4. Does a pluralist democracy empower all Americans the same?

  5. Has the current President increased or decreased American pluralist democracy?

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Political Polarization

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Prediction

  1. What is the meaning of political polarization?

  2. Use political polarization in a sentence (that won’t come back to haunt you):

  3. Describe a connection to political polarization in current events:

  4. Find an image related to political polarization:

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Definition

Political Polarization: the vast and growing gap between liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of American politics today. Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life. Today 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and 94% of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican

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Republicans and Democrats are more politically polarized and divided along ideological lines – than at any point in recent history. “Ideological silos” are now common on both the left and right. People with down-the-line ideological positions – especially conservatives – are more likely than others to say that most of their close friends share their political views. Liberals and conservatives disagree over where they want to live, the kind of people they want to live around and even whom they would welcome into their families.

Current Events

Red America, Blue America: Why Political Polarization Will Only Worsen

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  1. What is political polarization?

  2. Describe an instance of political polarization in your life?

  3. What has caused growing political polarization in the U.S.?

  4. What is a consequence of the growing political polarization in the U.S.?

  5. Has the current President increased or decreased American Political Polarization?

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Tinker v. Des Moines

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Prediction

  1. What is the significance of Tinker v. Des Moines?

  2. Use Tinker v. Des Moines in a sentence:

  3. Describe a connection to Tinker v. Des Moines in current events:

  4. Find an image related to Tinker v. Des Moines:

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Definition

Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503, was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court that defined First Amendment rights and cemented students’ rights to free speech in public schools.

Sentence

Tinker v. Des Moines is the reason that you can wear a black arm band to school to protest against freedom of expression.*

Current Events

Federal judge rules for cheerleader kicked off squad over Snapchat F-word post

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  1. What is the Constitutional basis for the ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines

  2. What was the most significant consequence of the ruling in Tinker?

  3. In what way does the Tinker ruling directly affect you?

  4. Did you know that if the school bell rings while you are wearing an armband it is called a Tinker bell?**

  5. Do you think the ruling in Tinker was a good ruling?

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*That is true but it was also a joke. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, just ask your teacher to explain. If they can’t explain, it’s time to panic!

**That one is NOT true but it was actually a joke. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, and don’t bother your teacher about it. They are busy.

Rule of Law

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Prediction

  1. What is the meaning of Rule of Law?

  2. Use Rule of Law in a sentence (that won’t come back to haunt you):

  3. Describe a connection to Rule of Law in current events:

  4. Find an image related to Rule of Law:

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Definition

Rule of Law: Rule of law is a principle under which all persons, institutions, and entities are accountable to laws that are:

  • Publicly promulgated

  • Equally enforced

  • Independently adjudicated

  • Consistent with international human rights principles

Sentence

The courts play an integral role in maintaining the rule of law, particularly when they hear the grievances voiced by minority groups or by those who may hold minority opinions.  Equality before the law is such an essential part of the American system of government that, when a majority, whether acting intentionally or unintentionally, infringes upon the rights of a minority, the Court may see fit to hear both sides of the controversy in court.

Current Events

Court-Packing: A Blow Against the Rule of Law

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  1. What is the Rule of Law?

  2. Is the U.S. Constitution compatible with the rule of law?

  3. If we didn’t have independent courts would we have rule of law?

  4. Explain whether the Trump administration tested the principle of the rule of law?

  5. Would you rather have rule of law or rule of slaw?

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Gideon v. Wainwright

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Prediction

  1. What is the significance of Gideon v. Wainwright?

  2. Use Gideon v. Wainwright in a sentence:

  3. Describe a connection to Gideon v. Wainwright in current events:

  4. Find an image related to Gideon v. Wainwright:

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Definition

Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, is a landmark case in United States Supreme Court history. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court established that the Fourteenth Amendment creates a right for criminal defendants who cannot pay for their own lawyers to have the state appoint attorneys on their behalf.

Sentence

Gideon v. Wainwright is the reason that every time you get arrested and charged with a felony you are provided with a lawyer, if you cannot afford one.

Current Events

Poor criminal defendants need better legal counsel to achieve a just society

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  1. What is the Constitutional basis for the ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright?

  2. What was the most significant consequence of the ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright?

  3. Describe the connection between selective incorporationand Gideon v. Wainwright.

  4. How different would the U.S. be without the Gideon v. Wainwright ruling?

  5. Do you think the ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright was a good ruling?

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Federalist No. 70

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Prediction

  1. What do you think Federalist No. 70 is about?

  2. Use Federalist No. 70 in a sentence that wouldn’t bring tears to your GoPo teacher’s eyes. For example, don’t write: Federalist No. 70 was right after Federalist No. 69.

  3. Think of an example of the ideas from Federalist No. 70 in current events:

  4. Find an image that is not too naughty of Federalist No. 70:

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Definition

Federalist No. 70: The Federalist Papers were a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name "Publius."

Federalist No. 70, written by Alexander Hamilton addresses the necessity of a strong executive to lead the government.

The present United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation on March 4, 1789.

Sentence

Federalist No. 70 argued that under the Articles of Confederation our government had no strong executive and that the Constitution remedied that by creating a strong Presidency in Article II of the Constitution.

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House Democrats declare Trump obstructed justice

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  1. Why did the author(s) (Publius) write the federalist papers?

  2. What was the main point Publius made in Federalist No. 70?

  3. If The Federalist Papers aren’t a part of the Constitution, why do federal judges often quote them in their rulings?

  4. If the Federalist papers had NOT been written and the Constitution had not been ratified, how different would our country be today?

  5. Imagine that we did not have a strong executive branch. Describe how that would impact American politics.

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Eighth Amendment

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Prediction

  1. What do you think the Eighth Amendment means?

  2. Use Eighth Amendment in a sentence.

  3. List an example of the Eighth Amendment in current events:

  4. Find (or draw) an image of the Eighth Amendment:

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Definition

Eighth Amendment: The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” This amendment prohibits the federal government from imposing unduly harsh penalties on criminal defendants, either as the price for obtaining pretrial release or as punishment for crime after conviction.

Sentence

Because of the Eighth Amendment, the punishment must fit the crime and the federal government is constitutionally prohibited from imposing overly harsh punishments such as torture or forcing anyone to watch Dirty Grandpa (2016).

Example

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Excessive Fines in Property Confiscation Case

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 Questions

  1. What makes a punishment “cruel”?

  2. Who decides the meaning of “cruel”?

  3. What punishment was ruled unconstitutional -for four years - based on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 8th Amendment in Furman v. Georgia?

  4. Timbs v. Indiana incorporated the Excessive Fines Clause of the VIII Amendment on February 20, 2019. What does “incorporated,” mean?

  5. Explain whether you believe the following image is a result of the VIII Amendment.

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Selective Incorporation

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Prediction

  1. What do you think selective incorporation means?

  2. Use selective incorporation in a sentence.

  3. List an example of selective incorporation in current events:

  4. Find (or draw) an image of selective incorporation :

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Definition

Selective incorporation: While the Bill of Rights expressly protects citizens’ rights and liberties against infringements by the federal government, it does not explicitly mention infringement or regulation of rights by state governments. Over a succession of rulings, the Supreme Court has established the doctrine of selective incorporation to limit state regulation of civil rights and liberties, holding that many protections of the Bill of Rights apply to every level of government, not just the federal.

Sentence

Because the 14th Amendment (1868) guarantees all Americans equal protection under the law, the court ruled that the same rights which the federal government cannot deny us (religion, speech, assembly, etc.) also cannot be denied us by the states.

Example

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Excessive Fines in Property Confiscation Case

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Selective Incorporation Video from Khan Academy.

 Questions

  1. What is the relationship between the 14th Amendment, the Bill of Rights, and Selective Incorporation?

  2. Explain how selective incorporation limits or increases the power of state governments.

  3. If we repealed the 14th Amendment, would we still have selective incorporation?

  4. Timbs v. Indiana incorporated the Excessive Fines Clause of the VIII Amendment on February 20, 2019. Are there other sections of the Bill of Rights yet to be incorporated?

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Expressed Powers

Prediction

  1. What do you think expressed powers means?

  2. Use expressed powers in a sentence:

  3. Think of an example of expressed powers in current events:

  4. Find an image of expressed powers:

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Definition

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lists the expressed powers of the federal government. Powers explicitly named in the Constitution and granted to the federal government.

Sentence

In Article I, Section 8, the Constitution lists the expressed powers. They're sometimes called delegated powers, sometimes called the enumerated powers. They all mean the same things: powers that are actually put down on paper.

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In voting against Trump’s emergency declaration, Congress can regain its power

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  1. What is the difference between expressed powers and implied powers?

  2. What would happen to the power of the federal government if we deleted Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution?

  3. What allows Congress and the President to do things which are not expressly named in the Constitution?

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Virginia Plan

Prediction

  1. What do you think Virginia Plan means?

  2. Use Virginia Plan in a GoPo type of sentence: Please do not write, "Virginia made a plan." That would make me mad. Especially if you posted it to the comments section below.

  3. This is going to be very hard, but describe an example of some connection to theVirginia Plan in current events:

  4. Find an image of Virginia Plan:

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Definition

Virginia Plan: At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, there was a great debate over how representatives to the new government would be selected: the same number per state, or a certain number per state based upon the state’s population. The Virginia Plan (also known as the Large-State Plan by silly people) was a proposal at the Constitutional Convention by delegates from Virginia. Drafted by James Madison, and presented by Edmund Randolph to the Constitutional Convention on May 29, 1787, the Virginia Plan proposed a strong central government composed of three branches: legislative (bicameral), executive, and judicial.

Sentence

The Virginia Plan was an attempt by the large states to guarantee that large states like Virginia had political power equal to their large population.

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There really is no example of the Virginia Plan in current events...So enjoy...It's a Trap! If you can find one and post a link to it on the comments section below, I will be very impressed!

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  1. What was the main reason the Virginia Plan was proposed?

  2. What part of our current political system is a direct consequence of the Virginia Plan?

  3. Have you ever been to Virginia? Why didn’t you stop?

  4. Imagine that the Virginia Plan never existed, there had not been any Connecticut Compromise, and the New Jersey Plan had been the way we elected all of our representatives. How would that have changed America?

  5. If you had to start the country over and choose between a New Jersey Plan style government by the states, or a Virginia Plan style government by the people, which would you choose and why?

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Spoils System

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Prediction

  1. What do you think spoils system means?

  2. Use spoils system in a sentence.

  3. List an example of spoils system in current events:

  4. Find an image of spoils system:

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Definition

Spoils system: "The Spoils System" was the name given to the practice of hiring and firing federal workers when presidential administrations changed in the 19th century. The practice began during the administration of President Andrew Jackson, who took office in March 1829. Jackson supporters portrayed it as a necessary and overdue effort at reforming the federal government. Jackson's political opponents had a very different interpretation, as they considered his method to be a corrupt use of political patronage.

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And the term Spoils System was intended to be a derogatory nickname. The phrase came from a speech by Senator William L. Marcy of New York. While defending the actions of the Jackson administration in a speech in the U.S. Senate, Marcy famously said, "To the victors belong the spoils."

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Firing bad federal government workers should not be difficult

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Questions

  1. Who benefited from the spoils system?

  2. What was a negative consequence of the spoils system?

  3. What was the main reason the U.S. government ended the spoils system?

  4. What was the spoils system replaced with?

  5. What would America be like if we returned to a spoils system?

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Socialism

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Prediction

  1. What do you think socialism means?

  2. Use socialism in a sentence.

  3. List an example of socialism in current events:

  4. Find an image of socialism:

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Definition

Socialism: an ideology that cherishes equality. The means of production are managed by the working people, and there is a democratically elected government. Central planning distributes common goods, such as mass transit, housing, and energy, while the free market is allowed to distribute consumer goods.  

You can take this nifty short quiz to find out if you are a social democrat.

Sentence

Whether you like it or not, socialism is back in fashion and it is gaining support among America’s youth. A recent YouGov survey found that 43 percent of respondents under the age of 30 had a favorable view of socialism. Only 32 percent had a favorable view of capitalism.

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How 'socialism' plays poorly with the middle of the electorate

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Questions

  1. What is one thing an American socialist would strongly believe in?

  2. What is the difference between liberalism and socialism?

  3. Can you list one well known American socialist?

  4. In what ways are your beliefs similar to and different from Socialism?

  5. What would be one major policy an American socialist would advocate?

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Baker v. Carr

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Prediction

  1. What is the significance of Baker v. Carr?

  2. Use Baker v. Carr in a sentence:

  3. Describe a connection to Baker v. Carr in current events:

  4. Find an image relating to Baker v. Carr:

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Definition

Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186, was a landmark United States Supreme Court case from 1962 that established the right of federal courts to review redistricting issues, which had previously been termed "political questions" outside the courts' jurisdiction. The Court’s willingness to address legislative reapportionment in this Tennessee case paved the way for the “one man, one vote” standard of American representative democracy.

Sentence

Baker v. Carr is the reason that each U.S. House congressional district is roughly the same size in population. The average size of a congressional district based on the 2010 Census apportionment population will be 710,767

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  1. What is the Constitutional basis for the ruling in Baker v. Carr?

  2. What was the most significant consequence of the ruling in Baker v. Carr?

  3. What other landmark cases revolve around the question of redistricting?

  4. How different would the U.S. be without the Baker v. Carr ruling?

  5. Do you think the ruling in Baker v. Carr was a good ruling?

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Roe v. Wade

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Prediction

  1. What is the significance of Roe v. Wade?

  2. Use Roe v. Wade in a sentence:

  3. Describe a connection to Roe v. Wade in current events:

  4. Find an image relating to Roe v. Wade:

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Definition

Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's interests in regulating abortions: protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life.

Sentence

Roe v. Wade has been one of the most controversial rulings in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. More than forty years after the decision, It continues to be a major issue in American political elections.

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  1. What is the Constitutional basis for the ruling in Roe v. Wade?

  2. What was the most significant consequence of the ruling in Roe v. Wade?

  3. What cases before Roe served as precedent for the Roe v. Wade ruling?

  4. How different would the U.S. be without the Roe v. Wade ruling?

  5. Do you think Roe v. Wade will be overturned?

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The United States Constitution

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Prediction

  1. What do you think The U.S. Constitution is about?

  2. Use The U.S. Constitution in a sentence that might help get you a date to the prom.

  3. Think of an example of the The U.S. Constitution in current events:

  4. Find an image of The U.S. Constitution :

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Definition

The U.S. Constitution: The Constitution of the United States established America's national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The present United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation on March 4, 1789.

Sentence

The United States Constitution is an amazing document.  A bold experiment in democracy more than 200 years ago, it has proved both stable and flexible enough to survive and remain effective in a world totally different from the one in which it was written.

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Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court

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Questions

  1. What set the rules of our government before the Constitution?

  2. Why did the Framers write the Constitution?

  3. Why do you think the Constitution has been able to survive for so long?

  4. What is your favorite legislative, executive, or judicial power in the Constitution?

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Bureaucratic Rule-Making

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Prediction

  1. What do you think bureaucratic rule-making means?

  2. Use bureaucratic rule-making in a sentence:

  3. Describe an example of bureaucratic rule-making in current events:

  4. Find an image of bureaucratic rule-making:

Fun Fact

 

Definition

Bureaucratic Rule-Making: The federal bureaucracy makes rules that affect how programs operate, and these rules must be obeyed, just as if they were laws. The rule-making process for government agencies occurs in stages. After Congress passes new regulatory laws, the agency charged with implementing the law proposes a series of rules, which are published in the Federal Register. Interested parties can comment on the rules, either at public hearings or by submitting documents to the agency. After the agency publishes the final regulations, it must wait sixty days before enforcing those rules. During that time, Congress can review and change the rules if it desires. If Congress makes no changes, the rules go into effect at the end of sixty days. Here’s how the bureaucratic rule-making process is laid out in the Federal Register.

Sentence

While bureaucrats writing regulations and rule-making may seem like a violation of the separation of powers fundamental to the American government, federal agencies may enact rules solely within the statutory authority granted to them by Congress. These administrative laws allow regular citizens to have a greater influence on regulations that could directly impact them. Citizens are given opportunities to propose rule language and comment on language agencies propose.

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Responsiveness and durability: An analysis of the Accountability and State Plans rule

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  1. Should the executive branch be making rules? Isn’t that the legislative branch’s job?

  2. What would happen to the American policy-making system if bureucratic rule-making were outlawed?

  3. In what way is bureaucratic rule-making democratic and in what way is it not?

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White House Staff

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  2. Use White House Staff in an unprecedentedly fantastic sentence.

  3. Find an example of White House Staff in current events:

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Definition

The White House Staff is an entity within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. The White House Office is headed by the White House Chief of Staff, who is also the head of the Executive Office of the President. The White House Staff advise the president and help the president carry out his responsibilities.

History

Over most of U.S. history cabinet secretaries have been among the most important formal advisers to presidents, and they exercised important managerial roles in implementing government policies and programs. With the large expansion of the government’s role in the economy in reaction to the Great Depression, Congress provided authority for the creation of the White House staff, which was formalized in the creation of the Executive Office of the President in 1939. The official White House staff began with six advisers to the president, but Presidents Truman and Eisenhower continued to rely heavily on their cabinet secretaries for policy advice.

Sentence

President Obama continued the 20th century trend of centralizing control in the White House staff, ensuring the frustration of cabinet secretaries.

Example

Cabinet secretaries versus the White House staff

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QUESTIONS

  1. What is the primary job of the White House Staff?

  2. Must embers of the White House Staff be confirmed by the Senate?

  3. Who hires and fires the White House Staff?

  4. How is the White House Staff different from the Cabinet?

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U.S. v. Lopez

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Definition

U.S. v Lopez was a 1995 landmark Supreme Court case that limited the use of the Commerce Clause. The (5-4) verdict ruled that the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 was unconstitutional because the U.S. Congress, in enacting the legislation, had exceeded its authority under the commerce clause.

Sentence

When the Gun-Free School Zone Act was passed in 1990, there were few limits on the Congress’s use of the Commerce Clause as the constitutional basis for regulation.

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Questions

  1. List some other significant Supreme Court cases that deal with the powers of the Commerce Clause.

  2. What was the most significant consequence of the ruling in U.S. v. Lopez?

  3. In what was has the ruling in U.S. v. Lopez impacted your and your education?

  4. How different would the U.S. be without the U.S. v. Lopez ruling?

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