Am Govt Homework 7 Answers - Student Six

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Answer the first five questions, and then two of the remaining three, for a total of seven questions:

1. Is the United States a democracy? Explain briefly.

United States of America is not a direct democracy, but rather a Democratic Republic. Representatives are democratically elected, to vote on laws and matters concerning the country. This system of government uses democracy as a base, but avoids the whims of the people being made into law.

OK, although the term "Democratic Republic" is not used as often as "republic" or "constitutional republic." Your explanation demonstrates that you understand the type of system the United States has.

2. What is your prediction for the final Electoral College vote for the presidential election this year? Include actual numbers (e.g., 272 for Obama to 266 for Romney) and a brief discussion.

I think the upcoming election will be 266 Obama to 272 Romney.

A reasonable prediction, with a correct total of electoral college votes, but obviously the outcome was very different than you expected (Obama won by 332 to 206 for Romney).

3. Explain what "early voting" is, and include your view of it.

Early voting is the casting of a ballot before the election, in the case the voter will not be able to vote on election day. These ballots will not be counted until the election. Early voting is good in some circumstances, but can be used very easily for fraud.

Good analysis, but it leaves out other flaws to early voting, such as erosion of the tradition and respect for Election Day, resulting in a decline in overall voter turnout. (-1)

4. Rank these systems in order of how democratic they are: closed primary, caucus, open primary, and a referendum.

The least democratic of these is a caucus because only select people are part of it. A closed primary is the next least democratic as this is only open to registered members of a party. An open primary is fairly democratic, as independents can vote as well as party members. A referendum is most democratic because it gives all of the people the right to vote and directly decide a policy.

Superb answer.

5. If Romney loses Ohio, Nevada and Iowa, which State(s) must Romney win in order to win the election (assuming that Obama will almost certainly win at least 237 electoral votes" as discussed in the lecture)? (Make sure you understand this question, and doublecheck your answer, because this question is easy to answer incorrectly.)

If Obama wins Ohio, Nevada, and Iowa, then he will have 267 electoral votes. In order to win Romney must take all of the rest of the swing states including Florida, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Colorado

Excellent analysis.

6. Write and send a letter to the editor of a newspaper, and include your letter in your homework. (One year a student, in response to a similar question, had his letter accepted for publication in the New York Times.) This is worth two questions.


7. Pick your favorite political term that is defined in this lecture, and explain the significance of it.

Coattails- This term refers to the act of riding on coattails. This is when a leading person of one party indirectly helps other candidates who are of the same party, this is because people have a tendency to vote a straight ticket, rather than a split ticket.

Superb answer again.

8. What is your view of referenda (also called propositions or initiatives)? Discuss.

A referendum is a form of direct democracy. Referenda are very useful in deciding laws that concern officials, so that they are not simply voting what's best for them, but instead the people think is best.

OK, but direct democracy was opposed by the Founders for good reason. What most people want is not always what is right, or best. More discussion of the flaws of direct democracy, perhaps including reference to how they failed in the past (e.g., ancient Greece), would be better. (-1)
TOTAL SCORE: 68/70. Very good work.--Andy Schlafly 19:31, 11 November 2012 (EST)
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