This essay will be done as a take-home assignment due by 11:59pm Saturday, December 19th. Please draft a thorough essay on either question 1, 2, or 3. You can choose the essay question you want to write on. You are expected to use a standard font (Times Roman or Calibri) and a standard font size ranging between 10 and 12. One inch margins are also expected. Please check your computers default settings are not larger than one inch all around. The paper should be double-spaced. There is no page minimum or maximum; however, quality papers usually range between 7-9 pages in length. Once again, please be thorough as possible.
The Constitution of the United States of America is a brief document outlining the boundaries of the American federal government. Discuss in depth the expansion of power obtained by Congress, the presidency and the judiciary paying close attention to the original outlines within the Constitution: Articles I-III. Remember that each branch of government has seen its powers expand beyond what was originally written; what is the genesis of these additional powers? Each branch is different in this regard so be specific: examples should be included to bolster your essay. And most importantly, is this expansion of power (outside of the framework of the formal amendment process) just? Why?
What is Federalism? Describe in detail the continuous discussion/argument over state power verses federal power. Include specific relevant court cases/current issues to support your essay. Furthermore, is there a point of apparent contradiction written within the Constitution itself? Can you please identify parts in the Constitution that seemingly direct us in competing directions? Who should have more power? What should the relationship look like in your eyes?
Discuss the major players in the Game of Elections and the major influences on voter decision-making. I need to see you understand the players and the roles each plays. Include a detailed presentation of the Ideal Citizen Model and the Michigan Model. What do we know based on these models? Are the models still relevant? Furthermore, please discuss the discrepancy of the ideal citizen verses the actual voter. What does this mean for our republic and is there anything we can change to fix our system?