On December 3, CBS Sportswriter Gregg Doyel took the time to speak to AGS Warriors about his career in journalism and the importance of written communication.
Here are some of the key points from the presentation -- Every day you are interviewing for a future job, and competing with everyone else around you -- Know your audience-- you will have no credibility if it is obvious you don't know what you're writing about -- Work hard and do your best on everything you do-- you never know who may remember you for your hard work, dedication, or some piece of writing that didn't seem important at the time -- Find your voice!
Just recently in Washington D.C., a new band of conservative lawmakers concerned party elders by signing a letter pledging opposition to any spending bill that does not defund the health law. These lawmakers reasoning for doing this is that they want to shut down the federal government to protest the president’s signature health care law, which to be successful in completing their mission supporters of a government shutdown would need almost every Republican in the Senate to join their effort.
Of the six principles I believe this one would be relative to Limited Government because the lawmakers do not really have the power to shut down a government and need to process an orderly plan to succeed and it will take time to do this. Also this decision doesn’t only affect them but the people who rely on the health care law and should not be only left up to the government to decide seeing as though we are a democracy.
Wolf, Z. Byron. "GOP's Obamacare Dilemma: To Shut down or Not Shut down." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 03 Sept. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/politics/town-halls/index.html?iref=allsearch>.
Obama to take his case on Syria to American people on Tuesday by Nami L.
In this article, Obama gives his point of view of how we as Americans should address the tragic events that have occurred in Syria in the past week. The President bringing attention to the fact that it is our duty as Americans to intervene in the Syria society. The main point of the conference on Tuesday was to help the American people to understand and get on board with the military action in Syria. Obama much preferred gaining as much support from Congress rather than just to authorize his decision with his opinion alone. Luckily, the resolution was approved but, in the interest of gaining more support Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is composing a deal with Syria (sign an international convention against chemical weapons) so that no military action will have to happen right away.
This current event depicts a number of the six principles of the constitution. One of the first is popular sovereignty. I actually love the fact that the President is so passionate about the opinion of the American people. President Obama made sure to speak to the American people and give his insight about the issue in Syria. Although many people are still not in favor of the military action that may or may not occur in Syria, Obama is continuously trying to hold off until more support can be gained. There is also an example of checks and balances in this situation. Although, the president does have the authority to make decisions and bypass Capital he is so much more of gaining support. Obama went through the proper channels and ended up coming out with a 10-7 vote (resolution pass).
More Judicial Review Needed
Featured: Collette O. evaluates the judicial review of a court case regarding a rape victim who committed suicide.
Cherice Moralez brought excitement and joy to her family and to others around her. When her outgoing personality slowly started to disappear, Auelia Halon, Cherice’s mother, knew something was wrong.
In 2008, Halon found out that her daughter, who was 14 at the time, had been raped by Stacey Rambold. Stacey Rambold was a business teacher at Billings Senior High School. She was disappointed that Cherice had not confided in her but she called the police. Rambold’s case was traveled through the court system. On the day of the trial, Rambold confessed to repeatedly raping Cherice in his home, car and office. Judge G. Todd Baugh gave Rambold 30 days in prison. He defended the sentence by saying that Cherice looked older than her age and that the 14-year-old was in as much control of the situation as Rambold. When news of the sexual harassment circulated through their hometown, Cherice was shunned and bullied. On February 6, 2010, Auelia came home and found Cherice in her bed, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Since her daughter’s death, Hanlon has done numerous interviews in her quest to unseat Baugh from the bench.
This current event demonstrates judicial review. Judge G. Todd Baugh believed that Cherice, who was 14 at the time, was in much control of the situation because she looked older than her age. One can infer that he placed his person opinions into the case. It sounds like he is trying to justify this crime. It doesn’t matter if she looks older than her age. The teacher knew how old she was but continued the sexual harassment. When a girl is getting ready in the morning, she doesn’t think about getting sexual harassed. The community members in Billings, Montana, have been protesting and signing petitions during these past couple of weeks. Kate Olp, the woman who started the petition states, “He is a person who fails so deeply to understand the experience of victims. We feel that he ought to step down from his position of district court judge.” This current event could also demonstrate separation of powers. Judge G. Todd Baugh was given all the power. Decisions were only made by the district court. This case should have been given to a higher court.
McLaughlin, Eliott C. "Before Suicide, Raped Montana Teen Loved Outdoors, Poetry." CNN. Cable News Network, 30 Aug. 2013. Web. 31 Aug. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/30/us/montana-teacher-rape-victim-profile/index.html?hpt=us_c1>.
Federalism and Marijuana
Featured: Lauren H. discusses the legalization of marijuana in some states and the implications of federalism.
The article “Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states” is about how over a very long span of time, marijuana is actually legal in 2 states for recreational use. The Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it — as long as the drug is kept away from kids, the black market, and federal property. And surprisingly, this has not created a federal uproar. Colorado and Washington are the first two states in history to vote to legalize marijuana and it’s not causing any problems between the states and the federal government. Since these states aren’t getting any federal or public backlash, maybe other states will start to legalize marijuana for recreational use and sell too!
The current event embodies the principle of federalism. This principle represents the division of power between the states and the federal government. In the article, the government was not involved with the state of Colorado or the state of Washington in their decision. They had no negative or positive opinion on the matter. They stayed of both the states legalization and didn't try to stop them in any way. This principle definitely represents the article because it shows the separation of state powers and the separation of federal powers in each other’s public matters.
Read more about this issue:http://healthland.time.com/2012/two-u-s-states-become-first-to-legalize-marijuana/
Power and the Federal Government by Jared B.
This article mainly talks about how the federal government under Obamas “rule” has started to become more powerful. It talks about how he has focused on more domestic policies in his campaign then Bush between the years of 2000-2008. Also in the article it states that, “...states are broke.” (NCSL). Because of this, Obama has been able to use his power across the states. Due to the fact that many of the states in the US are broke and in need of money Obama is able to Blackmail them or influence the states on creating and/or changing policies that he personally can't within the federal government. Although some states will not accept his “briberies” some will because they need the money. In the end, this will and has just resulted in a stronger federal government that has completely shifted the entire idea of federalism off balance.
This article relates directly to federalism. Also, this article does have a little information on the principles and some aspects on limited government. However, the main idea of this article is over federalism and how much power the state has versus the federal government. Many people believe that our constitution was with all of the power mainly in congress, but most of these people are either in congress or are clueless upon what federalism really is. The way the constitution was written allowed the people a very big say in government. This in turn allowed them to directly talk to the state which then was able to bring up policies or other agendas that were on the peoples minds. The only problem with this system is that it worked hundreds of years ago when there were less than a million people in America. Although we could try to change the system slightly so it does not seem as though the federal government has all the power, it would be hard due to the fact that we have already given them this “power.” So, in the end, if anything is to get done about how federalism is looked upon today, someone with authority and/or power would need to speak out against this issue and hopefully bring change.
"Federalism in the Age of Obama: July/August 2010." Federalism in the Age of Obama. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2013.
Featured: Sarai D. explores current abortion issues and evaluates the connection to the Constitution.
Abortion has been an morality issue that the people have dealt with for years. This issue only affects women. The article of my current event talks about women and their rights of having an abortion taken away. A Republican nominee named Ken Cuccinelli wants to end ALL access to safe and legal abortion in Virginia. This would include even rape or incest cases as well. Cuccinelli is pushing for strict health regulations to be passed on the bill of abortion. Cuccinelli believes that abortion should not be a choice for women due to the fact that it denies a choice for the unborn fetus being carried within the women.
This current event relates to two of the six principles of the constitution. The first principle this even relates to is the principle of limited government. The reason being behind this is the government (governor) is trying to use his power to justify a law that takes away the rights from the people. Or in this case women. This power should be limited like it has been. The government cannot use its power to take away rights of the people. The government only has one job; that is to insure the rights to ALL people. No discrimination at all. The second principle this event relates to is federalism. The reason for this is because a state is trying to make or create their own rules for themselves. Although, this bill/act is in progress of being legalized; the state of Virginia is creating a law that only applies to that particular state. This means that all other 49 states do not have to obey by this law.
Limited Government in Syria by Irene O.
In the article, The Syrian war’s got religion (and that ain’t good), it explains the rivalry between the rebels and the government. The simple disagreement rose into an intense, bloody uprising. The rivals are composed of Sunni Muslims and some parts of the Al Qaeda regime. They are trying to take power away from the Assad. The Assad is characterized of the government officials, minority groups, and Alawites who fear their rights and privileges will be revoked if the Sunni were to assume power. The Assad has killed over 100,000 innocent civilians to religious reasons. They even cause the sarin gas attack on August 21. The problem between a war and a religious war is a religious war can go on twice as long as a regular war and two times the death rates. In religious conflicts both groups believe their way of life is right and when you come to a situation like this more people die, more concerns, and fear reaches an all-time high.
The current event demonstrates a limited government because the government has done very little to suppress the rise of the rebel group and they aren’t protecting the people. The government hasn’t been involved much in the issues in Syria. In our constitution, we have rights that protect us against religious discrimination. Unlike Syria where only Muslims can run for office, America allows people of all background to run for a position because we have freedom and the enforcement of our unalienable rights.
"How Syria Got Religion (and Why That Ain't Good)." CNN Belief Blog RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2013.
Federal Government vs. State Laws on Marijuana
Featured: Nadia G. examines federalism and the current marijuana debate.
The LA Times recently wrote an article on the current debate over federal involvement in states’ decisions on marijuana laws. States like Washington, Colorado and California are beginning to seriously confront the issue of marijuana legalization. There are strong advocates for each side of the debate. However, the federal government has been questioning whether it is their responsibility to step in and resolve these issues. A policy memo was released this year to attorneys saying that the federal government will not interfere with the laws each state decides to put in place for marijuana use. However, the states can only create their laws to a certain extent. Though they can legalize universal use in their state, they must follow a strict guideline for the policy, created by the Federal government. President Obama stated in 2004 that he thinks medical marijuana should be legalized. However, in 2011, deputy attorney James Cole stated that the federal government will not go after any individual marijuana users – but there’s a catch. Cole said that though they won’t go after any individuals, marijuana businesses are legitimate targets for prosecution.
This issue represents the concepts of Federalism and Judicial Review. The debate over marijuana use represents federalism due to the interference by the Federal government in the states’ legislature. The main issue for the federal government is the classification of marijuana. Marijuana is a drug. By saying the use of marijuana is okay, is the federal government violating federal drug laws? Are they failing to enforce these laws by allowing special circumstances or exceptions? These are questions that arise in the debate over the use of recreational marijuana. Some say that legalizing drugs is constitutional. Others say that it is a failure of the government to enforce what is naturally best for the nation and its people. This controversy is also a representation of Judicial Review because it is an event reviewed by the Supreme Court on whether it is constitutional for the states to pass laws legalizing or banning marijuana.