1. Many scholars argue that a proper role for the judiciary is the protection of minorities. They argue that the other elected branches of government must necessarily guard majority interests. Does the Supreme Court protect minorities? How does the Supreme Court differ from other political institutions in that regard? In what ways might we think of courts as protecting minority factions from majority factions? (Do not consider state or trial courts in your answers)
2. What makes a person liberal or conservative? First of all, what beliefs do liberals and conservatives hold? Second, to what extent do liberals and conservatives agree with one another over basic American values? What factors might explain why an individual is liberal or conservative?
3. Contemporary political parties provide key services to their candidates including-recruitment, developing and polishing party media images and brands, fundraising and so on. Creating the party brand as well as the individual brand for each candidate has been evolving since Dwight Eisenhower’s first TV ad in 1952. find the video, “60 years of presidential attack ads”, in one video on youtube.
Watch the video and answer the following:
How do the techniques and strategies differ from ordinary non-political ads?
Which two ads do you think was most effective in attacking their opponent’s image and why?
Should there be a campaign law preventing candidates from using negative attack ads against their opponents? Why/Why not?
4. In light of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling campaign finance reform has becoming increasingly debated in American society. Would it be better to have publicly financed federal campaigns? Why/Why not? In the current system, where individuals and political action committees (PACS) are regulated in how much they can contribute directly to candidates, but not limited in how much they can spend on independent expenditures (unsolicited contributions), is this a reasonably effective system? Explain.
5. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 forever changed U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Has the “War on Terror” been largely successful or not? By what criteria has it been effective or not? What else could U.S. leaders do to make sure that the general public is safe from either foreign or domestic terrorists? Should the U.S. continue to use its military as a prime foreign policy tool or should more diplomacy be used first? Explain