Position Paper 6
One of the goals of this course is to help you become more proficient at critically examining a topic and succinctly presenting an analysis of that topic.
For this Position Paper, you will need to answer:
Should the U.S. adopt the French “strong president” model? Why or why not?
Reflective Journal 6
Another goal of this course is to help you become a participating citizen in a democratic society. In order to effectively participate, you have to not only learn about the issues facing democracy, but you have to show personal development in your understanding of these issues.
For the Reflective Journal assignment, you will need to take one of the Objectives listed for this module and show evidence of your ability to not only comprehend the significance of that objective, but also how you are personally impacted by that objective. For example, in terms of civic engagement, why has the level of hostility increased in U.S. political discussion? What can we do to better show respect during such discussions? Finally, relate your thoughts to the Saint Leo core value of respect.
The main risk or concern that is happening this very day, is how citizens are not involved in our government. People have fought for the right to vote and many people do not feel that it matters today. Tony Benn said “People in dept become hopeless and hopeless people don’t vote.” He has a point, many American citizens are in dept and many people do not vote. Our government no longer represents the people it is supposed to serve. This in turn formed a government that represents cooperation’s interest (yep, Cooperation’s are people too…Mitt said that) and the wealthy. It’s not the risk of a authoritarian President that we should be concerned about.