Friday, May 10, 2019

2000 Elecition

The 2000 election, the most controversial in history, is revisited with testimony from key players who helped decide the outcome after botched results. CNN Special Report – Bush vs. Gore: The Endless Election.

Is partisanship a bigger threat to our country than China or Russia? Should we abolish the Electoral College?  Why or why not?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

America In The 21st Century

The economy is a key domestic issue. But it has never been the only one. All modern presidents came into office with several goals they expected to achieve. In a country deeply divided in its party loyalties, none of them would accomplish all they had hoped. In this chapter, you will examine how well those three presidents—Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama—met their domestic policy goals after entering the Oval Office.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The End Justifies the Means

Do the ends justify the means? In other words, if the United States was able to prevent the Soviet Union from spreading its beliefs and practices, are the actions taken to do so justified? Why or why not? How far would you be willing to go to bring about this end? This far?

The statement that the ends justifies the means can be traced back to Niccolo Machiavelli. The closest he came to it was when he expressed his view in Chapter XVIII of The Prince:

“There is nothing more necessary to appear to have than this last quality (appearing to be religious), inasmuch as men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, because it belongs to everybody to see you, to few to come in touch with you.”

This quote about keeping faith, or being true to your word, Machiavelli is instructing a Prince on how to behave and how to keep up appearances. He says it’s very important to appear merciful, faithful, humane, upright, and religious. He also says that one must be prepared to act in a manner contrary to the appearance to keep up the appearance. This is because everyone can see what you appear to be, and only a few will get close enough to touch you and actually find out what happened.