The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights was intended to protect certain fundamental rights for all citizens against actions of the national government.

Answer the question the write a short 750 word summary and analysis of a current event as it relates to government.

Discussion 1

  1. The Bill of Rights was intended to protect certain fundamental rights for all citizens against actions of the national government. Should the U.S. Constitution provide the same protections for all citizens against actions of state governments, or should it be up to each state whether to protect fundamental rights for citizens within the state?

Discussion 2

  1. What are your views on members “bringing home the bacon” through pork-barrel legislation? What if the funding is for a project in your hometown?

Discussion 3

  1. Understanding the manner in which cabinet appointees are selected and the role that they serve, do you believe that they should primarily support and advocate for the policy positions of the President, or do you think that they should have more independence in expressing their opinions and making decisions regarding their department?

Discussion 4

  1. If politics and legal issues are so often intertwined, should the composition of the Court include seasoned politicians as well as career jurists?

Discussion 5

  1. Do you think the rights of college students should be equivalent to the rights adults enjoy in the workforce, or should they be equivalent to the more limited rights of high school students?

Discussion 6

  1. “Revolving door” laws prohibit public officials from lobbying activities for one year after they leave office. What do you view as some potential political pros or cons of public officials making this transition?

Discussion 7

  1. Should voting be restricted to those with a college education? Why or why not?

Discussion 8

  1. Do you believe progressive taxes, regressive taxes, or flat taxes (or a combination of all three) are most “fair.” Explain you answer.

 

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