The Choice 2012 Assignment
1. How did American values and ideals inform the campaigns of both Barack Obama and
Mitt Romney? Was Obama or Romney more able to capitalize on these values?
There were many values and ideals
Exam 1 Study Material
Articles of Confederation loose league of friendship
o March 1781
o 13 states
o National govt derived all powers directly from states
Weaker than the sum of its parts
o States only linked together for limited pur
Film Assignment: Election Speeches
1) President-elect, Barack Obama calls for a united nation. He believes the best is
yet to come but admits it will take work. He wants everyone to remember
America is not ab
Bureaucracys Role In
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The concept of universal health care is no new phenomenon envisioned by
President Barack Obama, our politicians have been debating on a un
1) The domestic policy issues covered in the debate were exactly what you would
expect. Obama and Romney spent a lot of time explaining their views of the
economy and what those vies mea
Taking The Hill
1) This summer I was fortunate enough to work as an intern on the Hill for
Congresswoman Capito from West Virginia. During my time there I got a very
good behind the scenes look at what goes
Questions & Vocab
Know what the Constitution says about the judiciary.
There are no requirement to be a judge.
Judicial review- the ability to decide weather a law is unconstitutional, not in constitution.
The courts gave themselves their power.
Joe Biden Who?
Types of Polls in Politics
Done on day of election
Tracking/ horse-race polls
How do we get a good sample?
Not the best representaion
Choose those who sit in the front?
Every other name on the class roll?
Congress Is it really that dysfunctional?
Two senators per state, 100 total
Elected every 6 years, elections are staggered
Senators originally chosen by state legislature, until Seventeenth Amendment passed in
Allows for filibuster
The powers not delegated to the Unites States are reserved to the states
How many governments exist in High Point?
North Carolina Government
Guilford County Government
Guilford County Schools
Piedmont Triad Airport Authority
Is President Obama Really a Dictator-In-Chief?
Make treaties and executive agreements
Treaties: requires senate approval
Exec agreements: does not require senate approval
In order to form a perfect union
Articles of Confederation
Declaration of Independence had been approved by all colonies
Articles of Confederation created a league of friendship
Created a Congress that could make war and peace; coin money; appoint army
Politics are a real party!
Why have parties?
Provide information about candidates and issues
What issues do they care about?
Democrats: platform released every 4 years
Republicans: platforms released every 4 years
Elections: Choosing the Candidate you hate less?
Where are candidates ideologically?
If you were running for office and your goal was to win, where would you position
Median Voter Theorem
People on the same pa
Presidential Debate Assignment
Watch the entirety of the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It
will air live on Wednesday, October 3rd at 9pm.
Then, use your observations to answer the followi
American Politics Exam 2
What qualifications are necessary for president?
o Natural-born citizen
o 35 years of age
o Resident of the United States for at least 14 years
What qualities make a good president?
o Public Persuasion
o Relations wit
Taking the Hill Assignment
Watch the entirety of Brian Williams short documentary film Taking the Hill: Inside Congress,
available online at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30892505/. There are six parts to the documentary
Second Essay Question
If I learned anything this semester it is that Politics is a big board game, with a lot
of pieces. This is definitely true when looking at it through a candidates perspective. The
way you play your cards will d
April 18, 2013
It is only a few months into President Obamas second term and the task is to
determine his successor. In doing this there are many important things to look at. Many
questions that may be asked are: what are key issues that wil
February 24, 2013
On May 7, 1996 Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act. This federal
law decided, at the time, the meaning of marriage. The law had two major provisions
effecting same-sex marriage
State of Union Assignment
1. The president gets his authority to give the state of the Union address from the
Constitution. He is the commander in chief of the country. He is the one who is
supposed to know every detail of what is goi
17 April 2012
The president is without a doubt the highest, most important, position of power
within the United States government. He (or she, one day) has the power to affect many
things already i
12 April 2012
1. I think the caucus was very informal. There was an announcer who introduced the speakers for the
candidates, a secretary, and one other position. All were voted on by a vote of all in favor
22 March 2012
A player commits a foul in basketball; play stops. A car speeds down the
highway; it gets pulled-over. A person cheats on a test; they receive a zero on that
assignment. A child misses cur
28 February 2012
Free Speech and the First Amendment to the Constitution. These two go hand in
hand and are probably two of the most talked about subjects inside and outside the
What should be included in a constitution? What should be left out of it?
Does our constitution include everything it should?
Should it be more specific?
Articles of Confederation
Started with a Declaration of Independence that was a
Where does the U.S. government get its power?
Where do states get their power?
What is Federalism?
Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the S
1. Cabinet Departments
2. Govt Corporations
3. (IEA) Independent Exec. Agencies
4. (IRC) Independent Regulator Commissions
Executive branch departments - Headed by Cabinet members who are secretaries
Responsible to the president
American Politics 2310
October 11, 2012
Bureaucracies Influence on Obamacare
According to some political scientists, rule making is the single most important
function performed by agencies of government (OConnor, 2011). Lik
The Lamestream Media
Aspects of the media
Why do we have/need the news?
Information about state, local, country
Is the media supposed to investigate or simply report on what is happening?
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
What are the goals of ne