Government 312L Midterm1

Government 312L Midterm1 - Government 312L 10/9/2007...

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Government 312L 09/10/2007 14:24:00 Professor Buchanan                            MEZ 1.306  More than 30 years teaching experience at Texas More than 3 absences lowers grade Sign in every day Make up exams are for EMERGENCY ONLY! Two Midterms Material o 40% Lecture o 40% Reading o 20% Current Events two midterms=60% of grade Final=40% of grade The Citizen’s Presidency Good original documents Newspaper Requirement Read one of the major papers:  o Washington Post Good variety of editorials, center to right o NY Times
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Mostly liberal columnists o Wall Street Journal Voice of American Conservatism Focus on Presidential News o Immigration, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Domestic Issues, etc. o Anything that deals with Bush Readings this Weeks: What did they think that the presidency was going to be? How did the amendments over time modify the presidency? Who was the audience?  Elite? Popular? Connect reading in documents with Lecture and text How does war affect the presidency? o What has the presidency become compared to what it was once  thought to be? Text and lectures might not track…it’s on purpose, so figure out the relationships  between the two
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Lecture 1 09/10/2007 14:24:00 Introduction: Functions and Values  A.  Four Functions 1. Symbol-something tangible representing something intangible o POTUS is the face of US o The Presidency is a venerable thing, even if held by an idiot. o Why do POTUS need to be a symbol? To remind people of their unifying connection as Americans.  (same team) Needs to have clout and symbolic prestige of office to give the  President leverage and weight to what he has to say. B.  Three Values 1.  Effectiveness -does it work? 2.  Morality - is it right? o Abraham Lincoln vs. James Polk Polk was effective, but his methods were manipulative; immoral  Nixon was very effective but his behavior and connection with  Watergate was appalling to most 3.  Prudence - is it risky? o Is what the president wants to do dangerous? o Taking too big a chance despite the payoff o Reagan accidentally saying that he was going to Bomb the USSR C.  The Presidential Imperative Presidents must get and keep public support to get into office, keep it, or  maintain leverage Five important aspects of public support: o 1.  Congressional Support - more likely to get legislation passed if  congress supports your endeavors
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Ex. Bush’s inability to pass immigration reform o 2.  Foreign Policy - no other western country allows enemies to  influence public opinion by allowing access to the media influence
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