Americans have long been skeptical of
politicians and politics. Yet politics is a
necessary activity for a democracy.
Politics and politicians are essential and
indispensable in making our system of
First Amendment Freedoms
PART I GUIDEPOSTS
Rights in the Original Constitution/The Bill of Rights and the States
a. What rights are guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the First Amendment?
b. To what level of government did the Bill of Rights ori
The fragile foundation of American Constitutional democracy survives because each
generation has renewed its inherent values and principles, even during turbulent times at
home and abroad. Such was the case for America a
Government: procedures and institutions by which
people govern and rule themselves.
Why Is Government Necessary?
Politics: the process by which
people decide who shall govern
and what p
Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press; or the right of the
people peaceably to assemble, and to petition
The oldest written Constitution in
the world, also one of the shortest.
Only has 4,543 words.
Each article is very specific
Americans revere the Constitution
nine of ten adults are proud of it
even when they d
The Federal Bureaucracy: The Real Power?
PART I GUIDEPOSTS
Federal Government is Big
a. What is the employment level of federal government?
b. What are the chief characteristics of the bureaucracy?
c. What is the publics attitude toward gove
Chapter Seven Political Participation and Voting: Actvating the Popular Will
Chapter Outline I. Voter Participation A. Factors in Voter Turnout: The United States in Comparative Perspective 1. Registration Requirements 2. Frequency of Elections 3. Party D
Political Science 1 Partial Study Terms
weapons of mass destruction
POLITICAL SCIENCE 1 Partial Study Terms
president pro tempore
Freedom of speech
Amendments to U.S. Constitution
Government is analogous to a
mode of public transportation (a
public good or service) like a
public bus, train, plane, or ferry.
Passengers are analogous to
citizens and tax payers who use
and pay for government. There
The Constitution of the United States grants
and limits powers.
The framers established a government by
They did not anticipate Americans would be
so virtuous and civic-minded that they could
The Constitution of the United States of America
Preamble ["We the people."]
Article I [The Legislative Branch]
.Section 1. [Legislative Power Vested]
.Section 2. [House of Representatives]
.Section 3. [Senate]
.Section 4. [Elections of Senators and Repre
Interest Groups Past and Present:
The Mischiefs of Faction
A Nation of Interests
The founders of the Republic referred to what are present
day interest groups as Factions.
James Madison foresaw factions as an inevitable
development, with tendency toward
Political Parties: Essential To Democracy
Political parties have existed since the first
decade of the new governments existence.
Americans have always had ambivalent feelings
Parties are necessary, and they perform vital
functions. But they h
The Influence of the Media on Politics
The Pervasiveness of Television
- Television becomes major news source in 1960s.
- It remains a major news source today.
- Movement away from network news to cable.
- Growth of comedy news programs.
The Persistence o
Defining the Federal Bureaucracy
How is the Federal Government Organized?
Four types of organizational entities:
Independent regulatory commissions
How Did the Bureaucracy Evolve?
The Framers beli
The Capitol Building
The Capitol Building
The architecture and floor plan of the Capitol building in
Washington reflect the bicameral division of Congress
The Powers of Congress:
Section One: bicameral
Section Two: length of
Elections: The Rules of the Game
Who determines the rules for U.S. elections?
When are elections held in the U.S.?
Although the Constitution sets certain
conditions and requirements, most electoral
rules remain matters of state laws.