American Government and the Constitution Homework Three Answers

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U.S. Govt. Constitution Lecture 3 Homework Andrew B


1.I think that the electoral college is a very good system that does not need to be changed. It gives states more individual power than it would if it was based off of overall vote count. The more people you have the more college votes you get and that is how the election is chosen. For instance if ⅔ of the population of Florida votes for Bob, Bob will get all of the college votes from Florida.

GOOD, BUT A BIT INCOMPLETE. THE QUESTION ALSO ASKED FOR AN EXPLANATION OF HOW THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WORKS. (-1)

2.I do not think that the president has the power or the right to invade foreign nations without the consent of the congress. In art II, section II , clause I we find the quote “The President shall be commander and chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States.” In art I, Section VIII, clause XI we find the quote “to declare war…” This quote found of course in the powers defined to congress part of the constitution. I think that what this should mean is that, after CONGRESS declares war, the president then BECOMES commander and chief. This would make sense as it doesn’t give one man the power to make an extremely influential decision for an entire nation, but still gives him some power.

EXCELLENT ANALYSIS. (BETTER TO USE ARABIC NUMBERS RATHER THAN ROMAN NUMERALS WHEN REFERRING TO THE SECTIONS AND CLAUSES IN THE CONSTITUTION, SO THAT THE ROMAN NUMERALS CAN BE RESERVED FOR REFERENCES TO THE ARTICLES.)

3.The three qualifications are the the president A) Must be a “natural born citizen” B) Must be at least 35 years old. And C) must have resided in the United States for at least 14 years. I agree with these qualifications, but I would probably say that the minimum age is too high maybe 30 instead, because I think a lot of times people have great ideas early in life and may even be more qualified. Then again perhaps it is better for them to be older because it means they will have more experience in their life.

SUPERB EXPLANATION AND ANALYSIS.

4.The power of a president to nominate federal judges is EXTREMELY influential because the judges they nominate are judges for life, thus the more judges they put in on their political party the more power the judicial district has in that party. An example would be president Obama and how he has appointed a massive amount of liberal/democratic judges. This means that well after he is done with presidency the judges he has appointed will remain in power.

GOOD AGAIN, BUT YOUR TERMINOLOGY IS A BIT INCORRECT: "THE MORE POWER THE JUDICIAL DISTRICT HAS IN THAT PARTY" SHOULD READ "THE MORE POWER THAT PARTY HAS IN THE JUDICIARY."

6. The ban on nobility is found in art I, section IX, clause 8, this clause is here to prevent anyone to give out titles of nobility to people. I think that this is a great idea as it keeps one man from gaining too much power by making friends through this. Even though it doesn’t make that big of a deal in this day I think that when the constitution was formed it was a crucial decision.

EXCELLENT!

TOTAL: 49/50, WITH SOME GOOD ANSWERS.