Lecture 3-13-2007

Lecture 3-13-2007 - Political Science 104 - Intro to...

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Political Science 104 - Intro to American Government Lecture March 13, 2007 Prosecutor dismissal case Reports that firings were initiated in white house, not the justice dept. Dispute over motivations for firings o From WH: Fired b/c of policy differences, performance issues o Critics: Politically motivated interference. Oversight questions: Schumer wants Rove to testify before judiciary committee (raises some separation of powers issues) Raises question of: What are appropriate reasons for firing appointees Concepts and Politics No clear answer on which method is best: constitution is entirely silent on the issue Concepts tend to collide with politics: Generally originalism is associated with conservative outcomes, living constitution with liberal outcomes Problems? Literalism quickly leads to bizarre results “Freedom of Speech” is not useful as a literal phrase Same with “equal protection of the laws” Same true for Living Constitutionalism: A constitution interpreted so as to foster a certain view of social justice loses its relative value as a constitution Originalism?
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