21 Debated Issues in American Politics / Edition 2by Greg M Scott
Pub. Date: 11/28/2003
Organized to correspond to most American government books and designed to provide a plethora of discussion topics, this volume features 42 recent, pro/con articles on 21 of the most controversial issues in American Politics. Complete with headnotes and discussion questions, the volume spurs readers to debate issues independently or through research. </b>
Organized to correspond to most American government books and designed to provide a plethora of discussion topics, this volume features 42 recent, pro/con articles on 21 of the most controversial issues in American Politics. Complete with headnotes and discussion questions, the volume spurs readers to debate issues independently or through research. The authors provide opposing views on issues including democracy and the constitution, rights and liberties, the political process, government institutions, and issues in public policy. For those interested in American political issues.
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Table of Contents
I. DEMOCRACY AND THE CONSTITUTION.
Issue 1: The Constitution.
The Senate and the Constitution, Senator Robert Byrd. Stop the Celebration: The Case against the Fourth of July, Sebastian Mallaby, New Republic.
Issue 2: Problems for Democracy.
Authorizing Military Tribunals, Representatives Kucinich and Lofgren. Ignoring the Constitution, Representative Frank.
II. RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES.
Issue 3: Abortion.
Preachers of Hate, The Progressive. Dead Reckoning, National Review.
Issue 4: Gun Control.
Don't Withhold Treatment on This Epidemic, Kevin Clarke, US Catholic. Extending Brady Background Checks Opposed, Thomas Cole, JAMA.
Issue 5: Civil Rights.
Opinion: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Justice Rehnquist. Dissents: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Stevens & Souter.
Issue 6: Sexual Harassment.
Opinion: Burlington Industries v. Ellerth, Anthony Kennedy. Dissent: Burlington Industries v. Ellerth, Clarence Thomas.
III. THE POLITICAL PROCESS.
Issue 7: Ideology.
Conservatism FAQs, Jim Kalb, Why I Am a Liberal, John F. Kennedy.
Issue 8: Political Parties.
Opinion: California Democratic Party v. Jones, Justice Scalia. Dissent: California Democratic Party v. Jones, Justice Stevens.
Issue 9: Campaigns and Elections.
A Constitutional Amendment for Direct Election, Reps. Delahunt and Durbin. Reaffirming the Electoral College, Resolution No. 651.
Issue 10: News Media.
Goldberg Exposes a Vindictive, Biased Media, Brent Bozell. On the Bias, Geoffrey Nunberg.
IV. GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS.
Issue 11: Congress.
Reforming the House: Three Moderately Radical Proposals, Arend Lijphart, PS. If It Ain't Broke Bad, Don't Fix It a Lot, C. Lawrence Evans and Walter J. Oleszek, PS.
Issue 12: The Presidency.
The Need to De-Mystify the Presidency, Fred Branfman. On His High Horse, The Economist.
Issue 13: The Judiciary.
The Federalist Society: Setting the Record Straight, Senator Hatch. The Court's Assault on Legislative Power, Senator Leahy.
V. ISSUES IN PUBLIC POLICY.
Issue 14: Economic Policy: Flat Tax?
After Years of Abuse, Americans Deserve a Flat Tax Break Today, Representative Richard K. Armey. Simple, Efficient, Fair, Or Is It?, William G. Gale, Brookings Review.
Issue 15: Economic Policy.
The Republican Economic Plan, Republic National Committee. The Democratic Economic Plan, Democratic Nation Committee.
Issue 16: Environmental Policy.
White House Statement on the Environment. The Bush Environmental Record, Corzine Brown Hastings.
Issue 17: Social Policy: Welfare.
Surprise! Welfare Reform Is Working, William H. Miller, Industry Week. Welfare Profiteers, Ruth Conniff, Progressive.
Issue 18: Social Policy: Bilingual Education.
The Case Against Bilingual Education, Rosalie Pedalino Porter, Atlantic Monthly. Let's Not Say Adios to Bilingual Education, Lourdes Rovira, US Catholic.
Issue 19: Education Policy.
Benefits to Education of the New Jersey Lottery, New Jersey Lottery Commission. The Harmful Effects of Gambling, Representative Wolf.
Issue 20: Health Policy.
The Economic Benefits of the Tobacco Industry, Representative Davis. The Harmful Effects of Smoking, Representative Udall.
Issue 21: Foreign Policy.
Joint Resolution for a Preemptive Strike, Sens. Specter & Harken. Joint Resolution Against Preemptive Action, Rep. Lee.
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