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Day 7: Popular SoveriegntyPosted by Craig Sims on 9/23/2022
Day 6: Separation of PowerPosted by Craig Sims on 9/22/2022
Day 5: FederalismPosted by Craig Sims on 9/21/2022
Day 4: Checks and BalancesPosted by Craig Sims on 9/20/2022
Day 3 - RepublicanismPosted by Craig Sims on 9/19/2022
Day 2: Limited GovernmentPosted by Craig Sims on 9/18/2022
Day 1 - September 17, 2022 "Constitution Day"Posted by Craig Sims on 9/17/2022
Academic Discussion or Debate
Day Six: The idea: Popular Sovereignty
Question: Should voter ballot initiatives be allowed to overturn laws passed by legislative bodies?
Position A: Yes; ballot initiatives allow voters to directly participate in their government.
Position B: No; voters already express their views through the election of public officials.
Day Five: The idea: Separation of Powers
Question: Once Congress declares war and the President assumes the role of Commander-in-Chief who decides how the war ends?
Position A: Congress, the policy making branch which represents the people, should determine peace terms.
Position B: The President as Commander-in-Chief is in the best position to determine appropriate actions.
Day Four: The idea: Federalism
Question: How should power be divided between the federal government and the states?
Position A: The Federal government should retain the most power because it is best positioned to insure fair treatment, safety and equal protection for all Americans.
Position B: The states should retain the most power because they are closer to the people, better informed on local issues and best positioned to exercise authority for their residents.
Day Three: The idea: Checks and Balances
Question: When the President makes a nomination, what should be the nature of the Senate's "advice and consent?"
Position A: The Senate should defer to the President's choice of who he wants working under him.
Position B: It is the Senate's duty to make an independent judgment of a nominee's suitability for a position serving the American people, even if that means denying the President his choice.
Day Two: The idea: Republicanism
Question: What should be the role of citizens in creating public policy?
Position A: Public policy should reflect the opinion of voters.
Position B: Public policy should be created by officials who are most informed about the issues involved.
Question: To what extent should the federal government be involved in economic issues?
Position A: The federal government's powers over taxation as well as international and interstate trade allow significant latitude in directing economic policy.
Position B: The federal government should only act to remedy unfavorable economic conditions for business activity.
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