CRAM for the EXAM
WHAT DOES THE AP GOVERNMENT TEST LOOK LIKE?
The 2 Teachers are "cramming for the exam."
The 2 Teachers are offering a brief synopsis of the most difficult concepts in the study of American government and politics. We are calling them AMICUS CURE-ALL BRIEFS.
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MCCUTCHEON V. FEC (2014)
Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution
John Paul Stevens
John Paul Stevens served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for thirty-five years. In his latest book, to be published this month, he recommends six changes he would like to see made to the U.S. Constitution. Here is a brief summary of those changes:
The “Anti-Commandeering Rule”(Amend the Supremacy Clause of Article VI)
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges and other public officials in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
Districts represented by members of Congress, or by members of any state legislative body, shall be compact and composed of contiguous territory. The state shall have the burden of justifying any departures from this requirement by reference to neutral criteria such as natural, political, or historical boundaries or demographic changes. The interest in enhancing or preserving the political power of the party in control of the state government is not such a neutral criterion.
Neither the First Amendment nor any other provision of this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit the Congress or any state from imposing reasonable limits on the amount of money that candidates for public office, or their supporters, may spend in election campaigns.
Neither the Tenth Amendment, the Eleventh Amendment, nor any other provision of this Constitution, shall be construed to provide any state, state agency, or state officer with immunity from liability for violating any act of Congress, or any provision of this Constitution.
(Amend the 8th Amendment) Excessive Bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments such as the death penalty inflicted.
The Second Amendment
(Amend the 2nd Amendment) A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.
Do you agree or disagree with John Paul Stevens?
What three (3) amendments would you want to see added to the U.S. Constitution?
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