Debate on the electoral college

Electoral College Debate

A PowerPoint Presentation  on Electoral College Debate and the Application of the Electoral College Vote in the United State of America  Elections.

The Electoral College was created to protect US citizens against mob rule. Mob rule is the control of a lawful government system by a mass of people through violence and intimidation. However, some Americans question the legitimacy of this process. Pick one election where the outcome of the popular vote and the electoral college vote differed to create an argument in favor of or opposed to the use of the electoral college. List at least three valid points to support your argument. Present you argument in a PowerPoint presentation.

As you complete your presentation, be sure to:

  • Use speaker’s notes to expand upon the bullet point main ideas on your slides, making references to research and theory with citation.
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  • Use visuals (pictures, video, narration, graphs, etc.) to compliment the text in your presentation and to reinforce your content.
  • Do not just write a paper and copy chunks of it into each slide. Treat this as if you were going to give this presentation live.

Presentation Requirements (APA format)

Interest groups and democracy

Reflect on interest groups and democracy. Discuss whether interest groups magnify the power of individuals to influence government and public policy or if they are used as a tool to exclude “regular people” in favor of wealthy elites. Also discuss whether changing the present election system so that it runs on limited public financing, via tax dollars, instead of contributions from interest groups and wealthy donors, would make the system more democratic and open.

In responding to your classmates, discuss if such a policy violates the free speech rights of interest groups and their members.

For your response posts (2), you must do the following: 

  •   Reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread.
  •   In Module One, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  •   In Modules Two through Eight, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.
  •   Demonstrate more depth and thought than simply stating that “I agree” or “You are wrong.” Guidance is provided for you in each discussion prompt. 

classmates Post #1:  

Interest Groups can be considered the Fans, of the two major parties in politics. When looking for a team to root for. Here enters the Interest groups working from the bottom-up helping to educate voters, raise money, and increase awareness. In fact, the political parties of countries with multiparty systems look a lot like the interest groups of the United States. These groups make large donations of time, and resources to the parties.

They try to influence the direction and decision making of parties. They try to recruit the best players to run as candidates under party banners. Nonetheless, they are not the parties, and they must rely on parties and candidates to win the game. (Evans & Michaud, 2019) I believe that there are groups of (regular) people that are not always spoken for, yet there are Interest groups focused on some of those groups like the N.A.A.C.P.

I don’t think changing the Election system to public financing will make it more democratic. Interest groups have been particularly useful to campaigns through their financial sponsorship of political advertising. On television, radio, and the internet, interest groups broadcast the virtues of some candidates and lambast the faults of others. (Evans & Michaud, 2019) I believe we need that funding to learn about all the candidates and what they stand for. I am one of those people that does not follow politics, and every person running in every election. I will not lie, some of those ads have helped me with past voting decisions.

Resources:

Evans, J., & Michaud, K. (2019). Central ideas in American government (9th ed.). Asheville, NC: Soomo Learning. Available from http://www.webtexts.com

classmates Post #2: 

I am going to admit that before reading chapter 13 in Central Ideas In American Government I had a different idea in my mind of what interest groups were about. I believed that they were the “bad guy” and a useless part of politics and I am one who does her research but I never went in depth in trying to learn what interest groups are and what their objective in politics consists of. Well I have been enlightened. An interest group is a group of individuals that share a common interest that seek to influence government and public policy. They “provide political representation to members of society who share similar interests” (Evans & Michaud, 2019). They attempt this by direct influence through lobbying or indirect influence over policy through election activities.

A misconception that I had about interest groups, and one that many others do as well, was that they attempt to buy the votes of members of Congress through campaign contributions when in fact they only focus on candidates that already support their cause, so they are not buying off someone that was not on their side to begin with. Essentially what an interest groups contributions are buying is access to politicians so that their causes can be heard one on one. An example of that would be the NRA, an interest group, contributing to the campaign of a Republican who is a staunch supporter of gun right. Interest groups are there to provide meaningful information to politicians on behalf of their constituents.

I do believe interest groups exclude “regular people,” but only to an extent. There are many interest groups that represent people in the lower socioeconomic sector. There is the United Farm Workers of America that represents the men and women who pick crops, Planned parenthood represents individuals with low income and no insurance, the Children Defense Fund and so on. It’s true that the majority of lobbyists are hired by private interest because they have the resources, especially monetary, and that can be a disadvantage for the public interest groups who may not have the same resources.

Yet there is still representation and there are members in Congress that look out for the interest of their lower socioeconomic constituents. Interest groups do play a big role in our democracy when it comes to policy change and they will continue to do so as long as the government doesn’t put any restrictions on their contributions and lobbying. Using tax dollars to finance an election instead of interest group contributions can be seen as a more democratic move but I would personally not want my tax money going to a candidate that I oppose.

Evans, J., & Michaud, K. (2019). Central ideas in American government (9th ed.). Asheville, NC.

 

Soomo: Learning. Retrieved from http://www.webtexts.com

The Elements of Federal Bureaucracy

Step 1: Completethe federal bureaucracy matrix to demonstrate how it influences the U.S. political system. IncludeAPA citations for all unoriginal ideas, facts, or definitions.

Elements of federal bureaucracy

In 100-250 words, explain each element, and discuss how it affects or influences the U.S. political system.

Civil servants

Government corporation

Cabinet departments

Independent regulatory agencies

Independent executive agencies

Merit system

Public administration

Spoils system

Privatization

Negotiated rulemaking

Step 2: Completethe public policy matrix to explain and the compare the main policy types.

Types of public policy

Explanation or definition

How is it the same or different from the other types of policy?

Example of the type of policy

Distributive policy

Regulatory policy

Redistributive policy

Women Studies

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Women’s Studies emerged in the academic community in conjunction with the second-wave feminist movement whose goal was to bring women from different backgrounds together and to become more knowledgeable of their experiences.

The academic discipline of Women’s Studies started during the 1970s and it observes women’s lives from around the world. It focuses on how gender interconnects with other differences such as disability, class, age, ethnicity, race, and sex-orientation. Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary field and it examines gender as a social and cultural construct, the social status and contributions of women, and the relationships between power and gender. Women Studies disciplines consist of history, politics, literature, theory, psychology, and sociology. Literature is one of the most important disciplines in Women’s Studies.

We rediscovering of old texts and while trying to understand the symbolism in the writings so that the women’s point of view can not be ignored or lost by the males point of view and contesting sexism in mainstream literature. Old literature during the first wave of feminism that I really admired while taking me World Lit Class was “A Room of Ones Own”, by Virginia Woolf. She spoke of how the only way for a woman to thrive in society during that time was to have her own home and maintain her own finances. The only reason she was able to maintain her own way of life was because her Aunt had passed and left her money. However other women had to rely on the finances of men.

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Ideal Citizen

Totalitarian Society

Aristotle defined tyranny as an illegitimate form of government by one individual that tightly controlled every part of life and government. Adolf Hitler is the most notorious tyrant. Using a totalitarian society from the past or present, discuss how the state and its leader attempt to impede citizens from exercising their rights. In your discussion, explain some components of an “ideal citizen,” consequences of voter apathy, and ways the state controls the citizen.