POS 301 Topic 1 Discussion Question
In 1787, the Constitution was drafted with a Preamble to explicitly state that the origins of power in this new democracy resided not with a king, but with the people. “We the People” has generally evolved over the years to include more than it did in the late 18th Century. In your opinion, are there still groups who are disenfranchised and are not considered as an equal source of power in our democracy?
POS 301 Topic 2 Discussion Question
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which was passed by Congress. Would this be an example of checks and balances between the legislative and judicial branches? Should the U.S. Supreme Court, a nonelect body, have the power to make such decisions on acts pass by the legislative body, who are elect by the people?
POS 301 Topic 3 Discussion Question
Federalism results from the interaction between the different layers of government. Many issues are discussed not in terms of right and wrong, but who is responsible for addressing the issue. Immigration has long been a federal issue. However, in 2010 the state of Arizona passed a controversial bill (Senate Bill 1070) that essentially gave power to the state to implement immigration law. Several sections of this bill were deem unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. This situation is a prime example of the conflict federalism can create. Please provide your opinion on immigration within the context of federalism.
POS 301 Topic 4 Discussion Question
Should we keep the electoral college or go to straight popular vote? Why?
POS 301 Topic 5 Discussion Question
How would you describe the purpose of the Bill of Rights at the time the U.S. Constitution was draft and today?
POS 301 Topic 6 Discussion Question
At the time of the drafting of the Arizona Constitution, the Progressive Party and Movement was very influential in American politics. As such, the framers of the Arizona Constitution added specific powers to the people, such as the recall of judges. What are the pros and cons of such democratic principles being embed a state constitution?
POS 301 Topic 7 Discussion Question
Federal judges do not have a mandatory retirement age, yet Arizona and 32 other states require all state judges to vacate their positions upon turning age 70. Should Arizona’s judges be force to retire at age 70? Might this be considered age discrimination or is it a necessary protection for the people?
POS 301 Topic 8 Discussion Question
Arizona citizens retain several very progressive rights, namely the right to initiative, referendum, recall of elected officials, recall of judges. Election of corporation commissioners and election of a state mine inspector. Please select three of these democratic rights and make an argument as to why giving power directly to the people in this manner is a benefit for all of society.