Am Govt Homework 1 Answers - Student Three

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Question 1

Participation in politics is important because it is a vital way to have a voice in the direction of our country. Those who can't be bothered to be involved should not complain when they are unhappy with the current political climate. Voting is not only a God-given right in our nation, but a duty to all its citizens. My one vote counts just as importantly as that of an outspoken celebrity or even the votes of the candidates themselves. Those too young to vote can still participate by door-to-door advertisement, putting signs in yards, making calls, stuffing envelopes -- no one is too insignificant to make a difference in the politial arena.

Terrific answer - the best in the class on this question.

Question 2

Article I of the Constitution establishes Congress and the Legislative branch. Article II, in its 4 sections, establishes Presidency and the authority of the Executive branch. Article III establishes the Judiciary and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Excellent again.

Question 3

Article II, Section 1, Claus 5 of the U.S. Constitution establishes that only a natural born citizen of the United States may become president of the United States.

Correct - fixing the typo: "Claus 5" -> "Clause 5"

Question 5

Police officers patroling the New Jersey State Turnpike work for the state government. These officers monitor activity statewide. NYPD officers work for the local government for the city of New York monitoring activity city-wide. Officers of the FBI work on a federal level monitoring issues of national security.

Superb answer, which explains all three levels of government well.

Question 6

The 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney mirrors the 1948 election between incumbent president Harry Truman and wealthy challenger Tom Dewey because the Democratic Party is creating class-warfare in arguing that the legacy of Romney's father and his own success in business has made Romney unaware and insensitive to the problems of the poor and lower middle class. The sense by these that a wealthy Mitt Romney may be unable to relate to their average problems could override the terrible economy, crushing debt, and various social issues in this election in Obama's favor, as in the election of 1948.

Excellent! I think you're right that this election is like 1948's.


Question 8

Interestingly or frustratingly, depending on how you feel about it, polls conducted in the same week over the same issues may render drastically opposing results. I believe this is largely due to bias for (or against) one particular party candidate or bias toward (or away from) specific social agendas by the person or organization conducting each particular poll. People intrisically want to vote for a "winner" and polls have become a way to discourage voters when the numbers reported for their chosen candidate are down, creating an "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" mentality for voters, expecially independents. Polls consistently showed John Kerry with a wide lead over George W. Bush throughout the 2004 campaign; however election day showed a different result.

"intrisically" -> "intrinsically". The question asked about "specific reasons," which would be bias in who is sampled in the polling (e.g., people unlikely to vote, even though registered to vote), or how the question is asked (e.g., whether Obama or Romney is mentioned first). (9/10)

Question 9

The study of history differs from the study of politics because history is about the past and politics is about the future. Practices and procedures in the fields of business, finance, sales, marketing and advertising constantly change with the times. History remains the same, although it can be a guide in predicting future trends.

Good, but incomplete. The question also asked for an example. (9/10).
Great start! Score: 68/70.--Andy Schlafly 20:43, 12 September 2012 (EDT)