Points of View: Readings in American Government and Politics

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-21
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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The eleventh edition ofPoints of View: Readings in American Government and Politicsprovides instructors and students with a manageable and accessible selection of readings that present succinct, thoughtful, and diverse perspectives across a broad range of issues in American Government today. This comprehensive reader features contrasting viewpoints on current political debates and traditional topics of interest in contemporary American Government courses. By providing two opposing positions for each topic,Points of Viewchallenges students to examine and appreciate differing perspectives.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
To the Instructorp. xi
Democracyp. 1
How Democratic Is America?p. 2
How Democratic Is America? A Response to Howard Zinnp. 14
Rebuttal to Sidney Hookp. 26
Rejoinder to Howard Zinnp. 30
The Constitutionp. 32
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United Statesp. 33
Charles Beard and the Constitution: A Critical Analysisp. 38
Federalismp. 44
Unfunded Mandatesp. 44
Unfunded Mandates: Laws That Bind Us Togetherp. 45
The Federal Unfunded Mandates Reform Act: "Lost in the Weeds"p. 48
Gay Marriage: A Matter for the States or the Federal Government?p. 52
"States, Right?" Not in the Gay Marriage Debatep. 53
Hands Off Constitutions: This Isn't the Way to Ban Same-Sex Marriagep. 55
Public Opinionp. 58
Polling Mattersp. 59
Leaders Should Not Follow Opinion Pollsp. 65
Votingp. 71
Turnout in the 2004 Presidential Electionp. 72
Compulsory Voting Is the Best Way to Keep Democracy Strongp. 79
Nonvoting Is Not a Social Diseasep. 83
Campaigns and the Mediap. 89
TV Ad Wars: How to Cut Advertising Costs in Political Campaignsp. 90
Damned Spots: A Defense of Thirty-Second Campaign Adsp. 93
Electionsp. 97
Nominationsp. 97
Choosing Our Choices 2004p. 99
The National Primary: An Excellent Ideap. 103
The Regional Lottery Plan: America's Missing Constitutional Linkp. 106
The Electoral Collegep. 111
A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Votep. 112
Arnold: Terminate This Gimmickp. 114
Political Partiesp. 119
It's His Party: Bush Republicanism Is Here to Stayp. 121
Back to the Future: The Re-emergence of the Emerging Democratic Majorityp. 124
Interest Groupsp. 134
Power in America: Who Has the Power?p. 135
The Forces That Set the Agendap. 143
Congressp. 148
Representation: Redistrictingp. 148
Redistricting: A Bipartisan Sportp. 149
You Can't Compete with Voters' Feetp. 151
Representation: Legislative Rolep. 155
The Legislator as Delegatep. 156
The Legislator as Trusteep. 160
The Legislator as Politicop. 163
Legislative Process: The Filibusterp. 167
It's Time to Change the Filibusterp. 168
Defending the Dinosaur: The Case for Not Fixing the Filibusterp. 174
The Presidencyp. 178
How the Presidency Regained Its Balancep. 179
You Go Too Far, Mr. President: The Founders Would Disapprovep. 181
All Hail ... King George?p. 185
Bureaucracyp. 189
Downsizing the Federal Governmentp. 190
The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracyp. 198
Courtsp. 206
The Supreme Court and Judicial Reviewp. 206
A Jurisprudence of Original Intentionp. 207
What Did the Founding Fathers Intend?p. 213
Judicial Selectionp. 219
The Senate Is Supposed to Advise and Consent, Not Obstruct and Delayp. 220
Of Course Ideology Should Matter in Judicial Selectionp. 227
Civil Libertiesp. 235
Free Speechp. 235
Mandatory Student Fees Do Not Abridge Freedom of Speechp. 236
Mandatory Student Fees Violate Students' Right to Free Speechp. 242
Freedom of Religionp. 245
Keep "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiancep. 246
Remove "Under God" from the Pledgep. 254
Criminal Rightsp. 257
"We're in the Fight of Our Lives"p. 258
Just Make It a Fair Fightp. 262
Civil Rightsp. 274
Affirmative Actionp. 274
Law School Admissions: The Case for Affirmative Actionp. 276
Law School Admissions: The Case Against Affirmative Actionp. 281
Gender Equityp. 285
Wrestling with Title IXp. 286
We Must Preserve Equity for Women in College Athleticsp. 290
Abortionp. 296
Abortion Politics: The Case for the Right to Privacyp. 297
Abortion on Demand Has No Constitutional or Moral Justificationp. 309
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