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POL 201 American National Government
Week 1 Discussion 1: Basic Principles of the Constitution
The U.S. Constitution is founded on three basic principles: Federalism, Separation of Powers, and Checks and Balances. Discuss which principle you believe is the most valuable principle for American democracy to be successful. Provide an example of how that principle has been used successfully to provide for or protect American values. Your initial post should be at least 150 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Discussion 2: The Constitution
The U.S. Constitution is considered a “living document” because it can be amended as new issues arise or public opinions change. Using the Internet, identify a constitutional amendment currently being proposed by a member of Congress. Identify the Congressmen, the proposed amendment, why it is being proposed and what you believe are the chances that it will be passed. Your initial post should be at least 150 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.
Week 2 Visit Your Congressman Virtually
DQ1 Go to the United States House of Representatives website and research for your Congressional representative by entering your zip code in the "Find Your Representatives" block. Select your Congressman and then visit your Congressman's official website. Identify those issues your Congressman emphasizes on his or her website. Explain why you believe those issues are given priority on your Congressman's website based on what you have learned from your study of the U.S. Congress and as a constituent of your Congressman's district. Your ...