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Assessment 3: The Presidency

UNIT THREE ESSAY: DUE September 17th
CHOOSE ONE of the questions below relating to Presidential elections and the presidency.
Write a brief, well-organized, academic essay (1 – 2 pages long double-spaced, typed, 1 inch margins) that takes a persuasive stance on one of the following questions:

1) The Constitution requires that the President must be a natural-born citizen of the United States. Some people would like to see that requirement changed to allow any citizen –natural-born or naturalized – who meets the other requirements to become president (see pg 317). What would you argue? Support your ideas with well-reasoned examples and persuasive facts.
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2) The 22nd Amendment, adopted in 1951, prohibits anyone from serving more than two full terms in office. Some people, including some recent presidents, have argued that this places an undemocratic restraint on an otherwise democratic process, and that the 22nd Amendment should be repealed (see pg 321). What would you argue? Support your ideas with well-reasoned examples and persuasive facts.
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3) The popular vote on Election Day does not technically end the election. That event comes several weeks later when the Electoral College meets to cast votes for the president. This is the vote that truly signals the end of the campaign, and the election of a president. Some people would argue that the Electoral College is a relic of the past, that it is no longer needed, and that a direct election would better serve the democratic ideals of our country. Others disagree, or offer modifications on the present system (see pgs 340-347). What would you argue? Support your ideas with well-reasoned examples and persuasive facts.
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4) Both major political parties use a complicated series of state primaries and caucuses to choose their presidential candidate. Traditionally, Iowa and New Hampshire have begun the process that ultimately names the candidate for each party, with other states following at various times afterward. But many feel the early focus on these two small states, along with the complex network of primaries that follow, makes the road to the White House a strange one, and not necessarily representative of the country as a whole (see page 334). What would you suggest as a fair, effective, and meaningful method for choosing the major party candidates for future elections?
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*Suggestion: Once you choose your question, re-read the appropriate section of the text to make sure you truly understand what the status of your chosen topic currently is, and to get some insight on some arguments for change. It is appropriate to look beyond the textbook to find information about your chosen civil right (a.k.a. "research") but the focus of the essay should be your own ideas, rather than a "report" of your findings. Use information from the text and other sources to better understand your chosen question and to collect evidence in support of your position, but spend the bulk of your essay arguing for or against the proposed change.
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