If we simply say the threat is the fear of tyranny from a president swollen with power from foreign wars, we miss the perverse result our constitution has created. In no small measure, our fear of an overly powerful president waging war abroad has had the unintended result that the government has to become more powerful and intrusive because America will not resolve the constitutional issue. Who will decide that the public’s demand that the president and the government act to keep them safe is now excessive? If security requires America to shape the world by its direct military efforts, how
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell answered that it was too early to bring the issue before Congress. "I think it's premature to be discussing legislative solutions — if there are any," McConnell told reporters separately. "I think it's particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this, which just happened in the last day and a
The federal judge in San Antonio, Texas, “ruled that Texas ' ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and demeans the dignity of gay couples "for no legitimate reason." Judge Orlando Garcia then granted two plaintiff couples ' request for an injunction barring the state from enforcing the ban.” (Keen 1) One of the couples sought to be married in Texas while the other couple had already been married in Massachusetts, but desired to be recognized by the state of Texas. In Garcia’s ruling, he states that, “the Texas bans violate the guarantees of due process and equal protection of the U.S. Constitution.”
With the 2016 election quickly approaching, voting is important. Especially, when you have someone like Donald Trump running for President. New voting laws are being presented which may cause controversy for voters, predominately minorities. Until the case of Shelby County v. Holder, it was much easier to block discriminatory voting laws. Most Southern states, with a history of passing discriminatory laws, were required to get preclearance (known as Section 5 under the Voting Rights Act) from the Justice Department before making any voting changes (Rosenthal, 2016).
Judi Herren GOV-140 American Government and Politics 9/30/15 J. Christopher Woolard, Ph.D. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Obergefell v. Hodges “By a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court determined that a state can’t prohibit same-sex marriages and must also recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages, as both are protected under the due process and equal protection clauses of the fourteenth amendment.” (Karibjanian, 2015, p 34) In this landmark Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, granted same sex couples the fundamental right to marry in any state and all other states now have to recognize that as a legal marriage. As a result of this Supreme Court ruling it has raised many questions pertaining to the violation of civil liberties.
The electoral college is the way the president is picked, but should it remain that way? The electoral college has too many ways to go wrong and as time goes on we 'll just see more of them, and in many ways, it smacks the idea of democracy in the face. It has picked candidates contrary to popular opinion and gives states disproportionate amounts of power in picking the president, along with other problems. In a country to supposed to stand for freedom and each citizen having a voice, how is that possible when people in one state are given more power over choosing the president than someone in a bigger state.
This includes the popular vote not being taken seriously as the people's wishes, the need for only 12 states to win and become president, and the neglection of other states and the attention given to the swing states. All represents that the Electoral college is not what is limiting the power of the government and giving the people what they want, but instead is what truly empowers the government and takes away the choice we Americans should have and posses. While this is what the electoral college is doing now the abolishment of the electoral college should take place in order to give the power back to the people. Do you want to keep living your life truly powerless in the decision of our next leader? Or do you want to give the power back to the people of the USA, and take back our power to choose the right
Our current president believes airstrikes are sufficient in the battle against terrorism. While some people disagree with just the airstrikes, more Americans believe sending ground troops will just end in disaster. Donald Trump wants to send in ground troops, he “wants to take away their wealth” (Donald Trump 2015). This opens another debate if Donald Trump is qualified to be president in the first place. Donald Trump has no background in politics, and Americans are frightful of another candidate becoming president that has hand no background in
While on the other corner of the ring, the Federalists believed that the newly founded country would run best if the national government was strong and powerful and in effect if the Constitution was loosely interpreted. This started a series of issues between the two opposing sides with the Federalists pretty much winning every issue. From the issue of funding the war debt, whether a bank of America should be created, to the Alien and Sedition Act; the two sides did not see eye to eye. However, when Jefferson became president, it could be argued that the same abuse of power that he criticized the Federalists to have done could be argued against his own presidency. It is more than fair to say that Jefferson was a hypocrite not only from a Federalist standpoint but also from the
These illegal votes have been said to be “enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes and congressional elections, (https://ww2.odu.edu/~jrichman/NonCitizenVote.pdf).” Another point of contention will be that the setting up of a system of voter ID will be too costly and difficult, but in the long run, a system of Voter Identification can only benefit our
Even though George Washington made it a big point in his farewell address, about how political parties would cause problems, the beliefs about how our young new country should have been ran was very broad and different and so it was inevitable that the different parties would form. While the Federalists believed that the highly educated businessmen should represent the people and run the government, the Democrat-Republicans thought a very different opinion, that the country should use its citizens to make decisions about the nation 's government and to have equal
John Marshall’s Supreme Court hearings had a positive effect on the United States. From court cases like McCulloch v. Maryland, declared that the federal courts could decide if state laws were unconstitutional. The McCulloch v. Maryland trial went to the supreme court because Maryland had put a tax in place that too 2% of all assets of the bank or a flat rate of $30,000. John Marshall saw this tax as unconstitutional for the simple fact that people were being denied their property under the state legislature. From the Gibbons v. Ogden case, congress’s power over interstate commerce was strengthened.
Panel Discussion on the U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy Antonin Gregory Scalia who is one of the associate justice of United States. Supreme Court, dead on February 13 this year. Scalia was appointed as a justice by President Ronald Reagan from 1986 until his death in 2016. Before his death, the conservatives in the Supreme Court in the United States take up five seats and the liberals got four seats there, which means the conservatives take advantages in the Supreme Court of U.S. Now, many conservatives hope the vacancy should be appointed after the presidential election, while the liberals support that Obama appoints a new justice as soon as possible.
States should follow the supreme court ruling because it supports the equal protection clause dictated within the 14th amendment. The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment prohibits states from denying any person within its jurisdiction “equal protection of the law”. In other words, the laws of a state must not discriminate. Although, the Equal Protection Clause was created during the post-civil war era to define the rights of freed slaves and to ensure their protection under the law. Throughout time, values have changed as people become more aware of the diversity of groups which exist and the extent of discrimination which follows these groups.
The landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade served as the first case in a string of many court decisions that limited a state’s ability to outlaw abortions. The Roe case addressed whether a woman had a constitutional right to “choose to terminate her pregnancy”? The Roe case had to decide whether states had any compelling interest that would allow them to regulate or outlaw a women’s ability to receive a medical abortion? Also, under what standards would states be able to constitutionally pass legislation that regulated a women’s right to have an abortion? After much debate, the Supreme Court held that women had a right to have an abortion without being in fear of criminal charges, so long as the procedure took place within her first trimester.