POS 2041 Miami Dade College M

POS2041 – American Federal Government

Post at least one response for each topic below:

  • Compare and contrast the priorities of the Federalists and Antifederalists for the design of the new Constitution. Although the Federalists argued for a stronger central government (and in many ways, they got one), the Antifederalists won important battles, such as the adoption of the Bill of Rights and the retention of power in the states. What does the debate between Federalists and Antifederalists tell us about American politics in the late eighteenth century? In what ways are the values and concerns of these two groups similar to or different from today’s political debates?
  • Combating terrorism has entailed restrictions on civil liberties. How can we reconcile civil liberty and national security? Are we better off opting for more liberty or more security? Are the two goals mutually exclusive? Have Americans become less supportive of the limitations on liberty put into place after the terror attacks in 2001, or do they still perceive that it makes sense to give up some liberties in order to feel more secure?
  • Each response must be at least 200 words. Additional or lengthy responses may improve one’s grade.
  • Postings should analyze the issue as well as advance discussion and ponder possible connections to other issues or questions. Simply providing a textbook response will result in average grades. Students must demonstrate that they are able to go beyond textbook responses in order to demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Classmate responses must go beyond an “I agree with you” or “that’s a good point” type of response.
  • Responses must be supported by course materials or external sources provided by the student (i.e. links to other news or journal articles, websites). Make sure to cite ANY information you are using. If you are using the textbook, simply use the following format: (author, page number).
  • Grading criteria for discussion board responses: (1) ability to explore the issue(s) and directly link it to course materials and readings, discussions or external sites; (2) ability to clarify, understand and question other student’s contributions; (3) ability to constructively critique and take alternate positions to others contributions; (4) expression of positive and negative feedback with respect to other student’s contributions; (5) able to clearly articulate one’s position; (6) application and demonstration of critical thinking and analytical skills; (7) advance discussion on topics and present new ideas and information; (8) depth of analysis and consideration of issue; (9) well written and organized; and (10) use of professional and courteous language.

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