Often leads to different interpretations of the same idea Decisions often end

Often leads to different interpretations of the same

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Often leads to different interpretations of the same idea Decisions often end up being decided by which side has the most power Affirmative action Diversity policies that are more common in past 30 years Legal argument is almost always the same thing every time but verdict changes based  on balance of power Conservative thinking You can’t have diversity policies Government isn’t supposed to consider race or gender Liberal thinking We have no problem with diversity policies Purpose of civil rights act, etc. is to create equality and get people to attract different  kinds of people to a business Privacy Liberal thinking Recognize right to privacy Conservative thinking
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Different than anything else because its an implied right There are zones of privacy but no right to privacy Degree to which government can keep track of what you are doing Big in abortion and surveillance debates 10 th  amendment Powers that aren’t listed are reserved for the states Only 18 things are specifically directed to congress Conservative Laws related to anything besides 18 things in constitution then the states should decide  them themselves National government should only pass laws given to them Liberal Don’t feel boxed in by 10 th  amendment because founders didn’t understand the current  radical times Want ability to pass laws that aren’t named in the constitution Judicial Review Supreme court authority to have a final say on what the constitution means Lifetime appointments make it hard for unpopular laws An unpopular decision--right to burn the flag for free speech How do you overcome this? (3 ways) You can  wait  because supreme court will eventually swing back to old way of thinking Supreme court can revisit old decisions Amend  the constitution
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Incredibly hard to get an amendment passed 2/3 vote in the house—flag burning has passed in the house 3 times but never further 2/3 vote in the senate ¾  of the states Lower the voting age from 21 to 18 is a recent amendment—overwhelmingly popular  idea Creative  approaches Trivial example Louisiana had a flag burning law and it was struck down and went to supreme court Louisiana changed its state law if you attack someone then its like a parking ticket Trying to get around supreme court law that isn’t quite constitutional having same effect  as flag burning law FDR’s court packing plan Country was in horrible economic shape Plan was more federal government spending, government programs, higher taxes,  growing country out of depression by more spending than had ever been done
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