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POLS 206-508 9/1/2011 Subject 1: The United States     Constitution
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Just a “piece of paper,” right? l Privacy --Patriot Act, domestic  surveillance,      abortion l Race l --affirmative action, job hires, school             admissions l Property Rights --”Eminent domain” l Gun control l Military actions l Fights between president and Congress l Immigration and Border Security l Health Care l Cloned meat l Steroid abuse
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Lifestyle Choices 10th Amendment, 18th, 21st  Amendment          10th Amendment 2nd Amendment 10th Amendment
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Values 10th Amendment 10th Amendment,  new amendment?        9th Amendment 1st Amendment
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Power T.R. Roosevelt, 42  When elected 1901 R.W. Reagan, 69  when elected  1980 R. M. Nixon,  resigns under  threat of  impeachment 1974 2011 debt ceiling debate:  invoke 14th Amendment?
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Example: National ID Cards 1. REAL ID Act Congress 2005 2. Begin implementation 2008, via  drivers licenses 3. Later add national ID cards. “Security” vs. “Privacy”   States divided
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Initial Thoughts on U.S.  Constitution I. More important than you II. Difficult circumstances at writing --weather --alcohol --Tensions III. Divisive --too narrow and vague: “expansionists” --too broad: “strict constructionists”
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Alternatives? I.
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