Political Controversies American Democracy Civic Engagement (Dis) trust in Government Public Opinion and Media
I. Political Controversies A prolonged public dispute including more than one party over a matter of opin
Civil rights have been on the platform of political debates for decades. Today, we are faced with a new form of civil rights that has yet to be conquered. Gay marriage has become an American political controversy present in our culture and society for the
Probably no domestic issue has polarized the nation
more during the last 30 years than abortion.
Intro in Readings; emphasis added
Key Supreme Court Decisions
Roe v. Wade (1973)
A woman may abort her pregnancy for any reason up until the
point at whi
01_ANATOMY OF A CONTROVERSY
WHATS A CONTROVERSY?
Denotations and Connotations
Controversy etymology (word origin)
From Latin: contra and vertere, versus
Contra = against or in comparison with
POLS-Y 100 (5658), American Political Controversies, Fall 2016
EXAM 1 (Woodburn Hall 120, September 21, 2016 @ 2:30 p.m.)
HIGHLIGHTS and ISSUES OF PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE
Etymology of the word controversy
Definition and two meanings of the t
04_05_THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE ERADICATING OR DEFENDING A SIN?
I.Who elects the President?
II.Longley v. Weissberg five arguments and counterarguments
4.Popular v. electoral vote
POLS-Y 100 (section 5658)
AMERICAN POLITICAL CONTROVERSIES
Woodburn Hall 120
M, W 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to truth.
Jacek Dalecki, Ph.D.
Office Hours: Wood
02_03_THE CONSTITUTION ECONOMIC
INTEREST OR DEMOCRATIC SPIRIT?
I.The Constitution a brief history
II.Enter Charles Beard (1) economic self-interest
The Founding Fathers intended to protect their economic interest
III.Enter Robert Brown (1) diversified soc
15_16_ABORTION PRO-CHOICE OR PRO-LIFE?
I.Polarizing domestic issue
II.Key Supreme Court decisions
1.Roe v. Wade, 1973
2.Webster v. Reproductive Services, 1989
1.Freedom to choose
2.Freedom from state intervention
06_07_HOW MAPMAKERS WIN ELECTIONS
I.Democracy whats it?
II.Democracy and incumbency
III.The practice of redistricting
V.Is gerrymandering effective?
VI.Is gerrymandering a problem?
VII.How is redistricting done?
How Mapmakers Win Electio
19_20_Border Under Siege or a New Normal? What to Do
About Illegal Immigration?
I.Ambiguity of Immigration
II.Legal v. Illegal
III.Illegal Immigration: How Big of an Issue?
IV.Path to Citizenship
V.Regulating the Border
Our economy is stronger when we har
They brought us parrots and balls of cotton and
spears and many other things, which they
exchanged for the glass beads and hawks bells.
They willingly traded everything they owned They
were well-built, with good bodies and handsome
features They do not be
Educational Attainment of the US Population, 1947Educational
Religious Commitment in Selected Countries, 1970s (%)
Believe in God
a universal spirit
Believe in life
Who grants money for the
Arts? est. 1965
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Independent agency of the federal government
Chairman appointed by the President of the US
Offers grants for arts projects to individuals and communities
Annual budget ar
Mark Sloukas Dehumanized
The Problem the essential drama of American education
today (p.education = an instrument of production
The main criterion for assessing effectiveness of education is
Whats at stake? = our de
Worldwide Pornography Revenues (2006)
The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology
POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS SERVING AMERICAN
To an extent that astonishes a foreigner, modern America is
about the holding of elections.
House of Representatives
Every 2 years
The President, Vice
Every 4 years
Welcome to the U.S.!
1790 United States Naturalization Law of March 26, 1790
Naturalization limited to free white persons (excluded slaves, free
blacks, indentured servants)
Limited to persons of good moral character
Petition after two years of r
Gay issues key legal decisions
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) 1996
Lawrence v. Texas - 2003
Legislation passed by the House of
Representatives and the Senate
Supreme Court ruling (6-3)
Prevented states (and tribes) from being
forced to recognize same-
Premise and Conclusion
Example 1: Weissberg defending the Electoral
P1 The system is workable and proven
P2 The system preserves the two-party system
P3 The system makes presidential campaigns
C: Retain the system as
P1 and P
David A. Harris legacy that should make us think
Palmer Raids of 1919 and 1920 (Red Scare Part 1) named after
Mitchell Palmer, US Attorney General
Arrests and deportations of suspected left-wing activists from the
USA without due process
Who elects the President?
Originally, it was believed that the President will be elected by a group of older
statesmen (the electoral college) BUT the emergence of political parties w/
competing interests and high degree of partisanship led to
Countries with the highest number of executions in
China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United States of America were the five
states with the highest rate of executions. Together they carried out 93% of all executions
Controversy etymology (word
From Latin: against (contra) and versus (verse)
Verse = line of writing
implies OPINIONS EXPRESSED in some type
of PUBLIC arena
Contra = against or in comparison with
implies DIFFERENCE OF OPINION or
Types of conflict
Internal conflicts = the cause of conflict comes from inside the
External conflicts = the cause of conflict comes from outside the
The benefits of conflict according to Lewis
Alexander Hamilton Benjamin Franklin
George Washington James Madison
Painting by Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952)
Timeline of the Constitutional Convention
1776 the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of
17_18_FREEDOM OR SECURITY?
I. Security and democracy
1. Whos Edward Snowden?
2. The leaks
3. Surveillance and democracy
4. Democracy without information and
II. The value of privacy
5. Types of surveillance
6. Is privacy a universal right?