American Government Due 12/12

American Government Week 15

Basic American Government

No reading this week (can I get an “Amen”?)

The U.S. Supreme Court

Chapters 1-5

Answer Study Questions

Read Revelation 1:4b-5a

Current Event


U.S. Supreme Court

Chapter 1

  1. What is “Judicial Review”?


  1. What is the difference between “original” and “appellate” jurisdiction




  1. What is an advisory opinion, and how does the Supreme Court handle them



  1. What did Marshall mean when he said, “It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is”?



Chapter 2

  1. What are some of the obstacles to arguing a case before the Supreme Court?



  1. What are some reasons the constitutional cases aren’t decided unanimously?



  1. What were the different approaches of Justice Scalia and Justice Breyer?



  1. In order to meet the case and controversy requirement, for the plaintiff to have standing, what 3 elements are needed?



  1. How much does a justice’s personal view matter?



Chapter 3

  1. What are the requirements to become a Supreme Court Justice?


  1. Have there always been nine justices?



  1. Briefly explain the story of Robert Bork?



  1. Besides professional qualifications what other ways does the Senate determine whether a nominee is confirmed or not?



  1. Why do presidents nominate younger judges?



Chapter 4

  1. Name at least 4 of the functions of the chief justice?



  1. Since the chief justice operates in many ways like a CEO, what does he manage?


  1. What is the Judges Bill?


  1. Why did Taft argue for the Judges Bill?


Chapter 5

  1. Where did the justices work before they had the Supreme Court Building?


  1. Of the nine months of the year that the Court is in session (October – June), how many days do they hear oral arguments?


  1. Who is the Office of the Solicitor General


  1. What is a “defensive denial


  1. What is the “cert pool?

American Government Due 12/5

American Government Week 14

Basic American Government

Read pgs. 568-571 “Jefferson’s First Inaugural”

Read pgs. 272-283

Answer Study Questions

Current Event

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Pg. 568-571

  1. In the 2nd paragraph of page 569, Jefferson begins with conflict during the recent election. Does he claim to expect the division to continue now that he is president?


  1. Should the minority party be concerned about their rights?



  1. In the 3rd paragraph on page 570, Jefferson lists the many benefits of living in the United States. What are they?



  1. What does Jefferson consider the “essential principles of our Government (paragraph 4, pg. 570)?



Pgs. 272-276

  1. Carson says the Jacksonians considered “Democracy” a form of extended self-government.  What does that mean?



  1. What method did the Congress begin to use in an attempt to force presidents to sign legislation that would go beyond a strict construction of the Constitution?



  1. Why did Franklin Peirce veto a bill to enable states to care for the “indigent insane”?



Pgs. 277-283

  1. What was the general impression of John Marshall as a person?



  1. Was Marshall more closely allied with the Jefferson Democratic-Republicans or with the Federalists faction


  1. Write a brief explanation on the Judiciary Act of 1801 and the Judiciary act of 1802. (pg. 280) Tell  1) What did each Act do?  2) Why did the Act of 1802 cause anger?  3) What happened after the act of 1802?

American Government Due 11/21

American Government Week 13

Basic American Gov.

Read pages 253-272 (finish quote)

Answer Study question

President Information

Watch a video on YouTube regarding the Presidents:  “History Channel: The Presidents” (there are several videos)

Choose any President after 1817.  Each video features 4 -5 Presidents.  Try to choose a President further into the video because if you all choose the 1st one on the video, you will all be doing your “report” on the same man.  Write down some interesting facts about your President just as I have done the last 2 weeks.  Make sure to include the dates they served, the party they were with, their age, and where they were from.   I could usually get a page of information.  You will be sharing your information next week.

Current Event


Basic American Government

Pgs. 253-256

  1. In your own words summarize the “Democratic-Republican” political program for the United States.



  1. What was the one criticism of the Democratic-Republicans that Carson has




  1. What kind of man was Jefferson?



Pg. 256-262

  1. What policy did Gallatin urge:  Reduce expenditures so taxes might be reduced or reduce taxes so that expenditures would have to be reduced?


  1. Which taxes did Jefferson seek to eliminate?



  1. What key policies or practices would you say best summarized Jefferson’s presidency? (pg. 257-258)



  1. How did Madison deal with the congressional bill to engage in general “road, canal, and navigation improvements”?



  1. What did Monroe say with respect to the congressional proposal to authorize tolls on the Cumberland Road?



  1. What were the Democratic-Republicans known for?




Pgs. 262-272

  1. In your own words, briefly describe Marbury v. Madison (1803).




  1. Summarize Jefferson’s view of who is supposed to determine the constitutionality of a law.


American Government Due 11/14

American Government Week 12

Basic American Government

Read pages 230-240

Answer Study questions


The Complete Idiot’s Guide

Read Chapters 5-6

Answer Study questions



Read 1 Peter 2:13-14


Current Event!!


Study Questions

Basic American Government

Pgs. 230-236

  1. What caused the first international relations problems for the United States?



  1. How did President Washington handle the situation?



  1. Even though the Treaty o Ghent “merely” restored the boundaries of the United States to what they had been before the War of 1812 began, why was that war so important for the United States? (pg. 235)


  1. What did the Convention of 1818 do?



  1. What were the primary features of the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819?



Pgs. 236-240



  1. According to Carson, what are the two primary “sources of disorder” to which Washington alludes?


  1. Why is a balanced government so important, according to Washington?



  1. What does Washington mean by “balance in government”?



  1. What was Washington’s ideas concerning debt? (pg 239)



The Complete Idiot’s Guide

  1. What is the definition of political socialization?



  1. Where do one’s political views come from?


  1. What is the gender gap?


  1. What differences does education make on voting habits?



  1. What differences does education make on voting habits?



  1. What are the different divisions in society that influence one’s political views?



  1. What does Liberalism mean today?



  1. What does Conservatism mean today?



  1. What are the political ideologies of the following group:
  2. Pure Liberals

Pure Conservatives:








Green Party :


  1. How do the separate parties help our governmental system?



  1. What 2 roles do the minor parties serve?



  1. How did the Federalists and Anti-Federalists differ in their beliefs?




  1. What gave birth to the Republican Party we know today



  1. What are the 2 conflicting forces the parties face during the presidential nomination?


  1. Why are delegates probably not representative of the larger population of Democrats and Republicans?




American Government Due 11/7

American Government Week 11

Basic American Government

Read pages 215-230, 312-318, & 546 (Amendment 11

Answer Study Questions

The Complete Idiot’s Guide

Read Chapter 3

Answer study questions

Read 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Current Event (Make sure to do this, it will give you a few extra points on your homework grade!)


Study Questions Basic American Government

Pgs. 215-223

  1. According to Carson, what are the historical roots of the American government?


  1. What informal precedent did Washington set that all presidents followed for 140 years?



  1. What is the constitutional role of the Vice President?



Pgs. 223- 230

  1. What was the first legislative act of Congress?



  1. From what did the general government of the United States receive most of its revenue during much of the 19th century?



  1. What were the first three departments of government?



  1. What is the cabinet?



  1. What were the first two general offices (general officers) created by Congress?



  1. How was the federal court system set up by Congress in September 1789?



  1. For what policies is Hamilton best remembered? (pg. 227-230) (there are 4)



  1. Why was the payment of old debt such an important point, in his mind?



Pgs. 303-312

  1.  Are federal courts more important than state courts?



  1. What kinds of cases come before the state courts?



  1. What cases come before the federal courts?



  1. What other forms of civil governments are below state governments?



Pgs. 312-318

  1. What is a county (parish in Louisiana)?


  1. What or who usually runs a county?



  1. What other officers do most counties have besides board members?


  1. List the functions of the following positions (what are some of their responsibilities):





*Tax assessor:



  1. What are municipal laws usually called?



  1. Why are there city courts?



Study question for Idiot’s Guide

  1. Who makes the final decision when conflicts arise between federal government and the states?



  1. Give an example of when “experimentation” of public policy was successful and was adopted by other states or the federal government? (It can be from the book or news accounts)



  1. What are Concurrent powers?



  1. What is the definition of Horizontal federalism?



Bonus question:  How & when did the Liberty Bell Crack?

American Government Due 10/31

Week 10

Writing assignment:  Choose from one of the topics below or come up with your own topic you are passionate about.  (It must have to do with our government and country today) Do some research on your topic.  Write a 1+ page paper on your topic.  Make sure to use good grammar and paragraph structure.  Your paper must have a title and show that you put some effort/time into it.  Have fun while you are learning new information on your topic!!!

Pick one thing about the U.S Constitution including its amendments that you think should be changed.  What modifications would you make?  Explain your reasons for making such changes.


Explain how executive orders have been used by presidents throughout the history of the U.S.  What is the number of executive orders issued by the current president?


Which of the rights guaranteed by the 1st Amendment do you consider the most important?  Explain your answer.


Do you think that the federal government has enough, too much, or just the right amount of power?  Defend your answer.


Illegal immigrants:  Is Donald Trump correct in his stance against Mexican immigrants?  Do immigrants damage the American economy, or are they good for it?


The Death Penalty – Should it be abolished?  Should it be consistent nationwide? (Right now, every state has its own laws on the death penalty)


People are fined $20 in Australia if they do not vote.  Should we use a similar system in America?  What could get more people involved in elections?


Should Congressmen and Senators have term limits?  Presidents can only be elected for 2 4 year terms, but Senators serve 20 – 30 years.  Is it OK for the same people to serve in Congress for decades, or should they have to retire after a certain number of years?


Should we interpret the Constitution the way the founders intended, or should we interpret it in light of changing circumstances/trends?  There are 2 schools of thought about the constitution, “original intent” and the “living document”.  Do you think the meaning of the document has changed over time?


Are the requirements for voting in the U.S. fair?  While many people can vote, felons are restricted from voting, and teenagers under 18 can’t vote.  Should the requirements be left alone, or should changes be made?


Compare/contrast the different forms of government.  (Communist, fascist, socialist, democratic, republic) Is one form better than another? How have they survived through the centuries?  What are the pros and cons of these different types of governments?


Should we get rid of the electoral College?  Give the reasons of why it is in place to start.  Explain how keeping it or getting rid of it would benefit the people of this country.

American Government Due 10/24

You can choose to do the reading and answer the questions, or you can choose to read the “Thoughts for the day” and write a response to it.  It would need to be at least 1-2 pages in length, have good sentence structure, and paragraph format.  Please have a current event with your choice!!!


Thoughts for the Day

2 Peter 2:7  ???Lot was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of wicked people around him – where he lived.???

???My burden for the United States of America???

I want to apologize to all the family, friends and associates that are offended by what I’ve written concerning my understanding of what has happened to America.  But, I think it is necessary to understand why I believe the way I do, because we are NOT fighting against flesh and blood, but against rulers of the unseen world. These unseen rulers are the ones behind all of the changes in our land, behind the new policies, and behind our civil warring, and behind Americ’s destructive path – that I write about below.

The United States of America as it used to be – is gone; for we are not united by any means.  For unity to return it would mean that the older generation has to die out. The older generation sees where America is headed and is not at all interested in supporting that in any way.  This “new” America will be in the form of socialism with the government in complete control of every part of our lives; a government designed to supposedly meet your needs; which God calls a “false god” because this is not what government is supposed to do. These progressives of new America will teach all children their new thinking that sounds good but is pure evil. This mindset of new America is opposite of the thinking of the older generations who trusted in God.

It is my belief that for the progressive agenda to succeed it has to destroy the family unit, remove Jesus Christ from everything except cursing, and to remove God’s Word (the Bible).

The progressives with their agenda first needed to change what a true family is as God designed the family, which is the strength of any nation. They needed to replace a family by new ideas that come from the real enemy behind the progressive agenda. The best place to start this new thinking is in our schools, and teach our children at a very young age that they need to open up their minds to this new thinking of what a family is. Therefore, the Bible is no longer the source of truth on this subject.

Birth control and abortion has attacked the family, with Margaret Sanger in the 50’s and 60’s forming Planned Parenthood primarily to extinguish the black race. But, birth control and abortion has spread like a disease everywhere. Then came the sexual revolution in the 60’s with the younger generation coming against the older generation’s morality so that they could continue living a lifestyle of no rules or consequences for sexual activities. They coined the idea that love is about sex.

The progressive leaders of our day came out of this moral breakdown of the true family which had always been the strength of America under God’s blessings. So they got to work removing God/Bible/prayer schools and from public places saying that it offends some people, which grew to offend more and more people under the influence of America’s real enemy and his cohorts. The real enemy didn’t want America’s children influenced by the teaching of the Bible and by openly praying to God, so schools were no longer allowed to teach the Bible, or to pray and now children are not even allowed to say the Pledge of Alliance to our flag in school because of the words: “one nation under God.”
Then the “progressives” went about taking away the rights of parents to discipline and teach their children the way God tells us to, and if we do not surrender to their thinking – we are threatened with arrest if we do what God tells us.

Then began the propaganda of making any wife/mother who stayed at home with her children to be regarded as “less” than what a woman is; that a real woman is one who can have a family and a career outside the home. Women began competing with men going after their leadership positions. The purity of marriage started breaking down with adultery and divorce. Adultery no longer a crime. Divorce no longer shameful. Women wanted to fight like men and were allowed into the military branches. Children being left for others to care of and teach. This caused a redefining of what a man or woman is, and led to unnatural mixtures with men acting like women and women acting like men, even men wanting to have sex with men and women with women; all unnatural and destructive. The victories of the real enemy in our lives.  Now children are growing up to think this is all right and good; going against their conscience, which comes from God, to harden them against godly conviction. Therefore, it”s all working to destroy the America God started with our founding fathers; a nation God wanted to use to bless people.

Then came the arrogant idea and humanistic teaching that man has the answers and solutions to everything in the world. A modern generation has grown up to think men working together in unity can come up with the solutions to anything happening in the world. (Tower of Babel all over again!) All this “progression” away from God has caused a spiraling effect of corruption, injustice, a holocaust of babies in the womb, bold sexual perversions brought before the eyes of and ears of children, and the redefining  of marriage, family and culture.

This new progressive thinking is not about the truth at all, and not about consequences for any wrong doing, and it’s not about helping people live the way they want either, but rather it is a growing society of people thinking self-centered thoughts all the time influenced and led by the REAL enemy who has been working day and night to bring good old America down to her knees. These “progressive” teachers and leaders keep coming up with ideas, plans and policies that will allow their agenda of a “new” America to work for them.  But sadly, nothing will work for the good except God’s design for family and government.

This “progressive” thinking is simply setting up America, like all nations, to welcome in a despicable man that the real enemy will embody. He will slip in when least expected and take over by flattery and intrigue. With deceitful promises, he will make various alliances. He will become strong despite having only a handful of followers. He will distribute among his followers the plunder and wealth of others – something his predecessors had never done; but this will last for only a short while.

Do I believe we can turn America back? Not likely! If we could then we would have to take over the schools and teach the children the truth according to God and get going sharing the Gospel of Jesus of Christ who is the Hope of all nations, and do it at any cost. We would have to stand as strong pillars in our society as to what a real marriage and family is all about. We would have to see godly men taking over governmental positions. We would have to uphold righteousness in our personal lives as well as holding our own children to being responsible for truth and righteousness, and accountable for their bad choices. We would have to rally together in prayer to our God  asking Him to help us bring this nation back to Him. For this to be done it would take at least 50 – 60 years to bring about.

So what do we do then? I say get ready for judgment because this nation’s cup of inequity is full  according to God. The rotting of a nation starts from the head down. Study the Word of God so that you will understand what is to come and how to be prepared both spiritually and physically; how to teach your children and grandchildren so that they are trusting God and following through with what He wants them to do in their time – before our King comes to reign on the earth, just as He promised. The last kingdom of the earth – will be the everlasting Kingdom of God!

“As it is in heaven  it will be on the earth!”  This is the truth, according to the Savior of the world: Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God and Creator of us all.

By Michael Dietz


Week 9 Reading/Questions

American Government Week 9

Basic American Government

Read pages 192-212

Read “Articles of Confederation” Pg. 519-526

Answer questions according to the reading

Read 1Timothy 2:3-4

Current event



Study Questions

Note:  The Articles of the Confederation were proposed June 1776, approved by the Continental Congress in November 1777, and ratified and in full effect March 1781.

Pages 192-212

  1. What does Carson mean when he says that, “The United States of American has had two constitutions?



  1. What concerned the state of Maryland about the proposed Articles of Confederation?



  1. According to the Articles of Confederation, were those who wrote the document intending to create a new nation?



  1. What powers were granted to the Confederation that were not kept by the individual states themselves?



  1. What does Carson believe was the greatest weakness in the Articles of Confederation?



  1. What occurred in 1786-1787 that led to the movement for a new Constitution?



  1. Besides financial instability, what else motivated certain men to want to establish a new government?



  1. Alexander Hamilton proposed a special constitutional convention. Which state chose not to send any delegates?  Were they missed?



  1. Who is considered the “Father” of the Constitution?



  1. Why did Gouverneur Morris object to counting slaves for the purpose of representation in the general government?



  1. Briefly describe the rules for speaking at the Constitutional Convention.



  1. How did the convention separate the sources of powers? (how would the separate powers be elected)



  1. The proposed Constitution said it would go into effect when 9 states had ratified it, yet when nine states had ratified, no one did anything. Why?





  1. 519-526


  1. For what purpose did the states form their “league of friendship” (Article III)?



  1. What obligations did the states have toward one another with respect to their citizens? (Article IV)



  1. Why do you think it is important to the Confederation that states, individually, not be permitted to enter into treaties with other nations or among themselves? (Article VI)



  1. In Article VIII you read about the taxing power of the Confederation. On what basis were taxes to be levied?  Income?  Property?  Exports?



  1. How many major clauses do you find within Article IX? (Look for key words “The United States in Congress assembled” or the Congress of the United States shall”)



  1. According to the Second major clause of Article IX, what would happen to a state that refused to submit to the authority of the congressional court in a decision that the court made?



  1. According to Article X, how many states had to agree in order for any act of Congress to be considered binding?




American Government Due 10/17

American Government Week 8
Basic American Government

Read pages 181-192

Read “The Declaration of Independence” pp. 511-515

Read “Virginia Bill of Rights”  pp. 516-518

Answer questions according to the reading

Take the Week 6 test (located after the study questions)

Current Event


Study Questions  181-185

  1. When was the “era of constitution making” in American history?



  1. What were some of the historical documents that laid the foundation for the American colonists to write a constitution?



  1. How and why did the Declaration of Independence come to be written



  1. What are the 3 main sections to the Declaration?




  1. Jefferson said that among the inalienable rights every person enjoys are “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Which of these three words was unexpected and out of line with all previous usage?  What word would normally have been used instead?




Pg. 185-192

  1. What came first: the states or the United States?



  1. Carson seems to think that the states that wrote constitutions in 1776 and 1777 “did things wrong” They “should have” done things differently.  What is he objecting to in what they wrote?



  1. What are some of the common characteristics of virtually all the state governments in the U.?



  1. What are some of the key rights, outlined in the Virginia Bill of Rights that came to be part of the Constitution of the United States?




  1. Carson says that the Massachusetts Bill of Rights invoked “religious toleration” when it said, “…and every denomination of Christians…shall be equally under the protection of the law, and no subordination of any one sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law”. (All Christian denominations are equal, protected equally, and no one denomination will be established in the country by law)  Do you think this “toleration” went too far, or not far enough?




  1. What means have been used in the past to differentiate governmental leaders at the state level?




Pp. 516-517

  1. Do you agree or disagree with the statement, “all power is vested (belongs to) in and consequently derived from the people.”?



  1. What assumptions have gone into the 16th clause of the Bill of Rights?




  1. Do you find these assumptions offensive? Why or why not?




  1. If one does not assume either a common theistic religious base or a common Christian religious base, is it possible for all people to be equally entitled to the free exercise of their religious? Why or why not?


Week 6 Test

  1. What is government?


  1. What is politics?



  1. According to Basic American Government, what type of government do all countries have a tendency to move towards?



  1. Why did the Founders favor a government of “laws and not men”?




  1. List the three branches of government and list what each of their “roles” is.



  1. With whom or what does ultimate sovereignty under the United States Constitution supposedly rest?




  1. What are electors?



  1. How many Electors does each state have?


  1. What are the requirements for becoming President of the United States? .
  • How efficient is the dispersal of power in our government?




  • What was the reason for establishing the Constitution?



  1. For how long are justices of the United States courts permitted to fulfill their judicial duties?



Bonus Question:

If the government of the United States is not a democracy, what is it?



American Government Due 10/10

American Government Week 7

Basic Government

The Bill of Rights pp. 545-546

Read pages 161-180

Answer questions on the reading

Current Event

Study previous study questions (weeks 1-6) for a test next week.



  1. In the First Amendment, who or what is prohibited from making laws that either establish or restrain the free exercise of religion?


  1. Besides matters of religion, with what other issues does the First Amendment deal?



  1. What does the amendment have to say about these things you listed above?



  1. What is a militia?


  1. Do we still have a militia today?


  1. Why is the Third Amendment significant?



  1. In the Fourth Amendment it talks about “searches and seizures”. What does this mean?



  1. How might private property be “taken for public use”?



  1. What rights does the Sixth Amendment guarantee?



  1. Why is a trial by jury, especially a jury of one’s peers, so important?



  1. Why would anyone care about the Eighth Amendment?



  1. Why do we have the Ninth Amendment?



  1. Why do we have the Tenth Amendment?



  1. What does the above answer mean



Pp. 161-172


  1. What was the original name for most of the colonies?



  1. On what grounds were the colonial governments established in America?



  1. What did the people of the colonial period like and dislike about their governments?



  1. Why is the Mayflower Compact so significant?



  1. What was so unique about the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut as opposed to the charters and compacts of the other colonies?


  1. What are the differences between royal, proprietary, and charter colonies?




  1. Why and how did the “power of the purse” give the legislatures power over their king-appointed governors.




  1. Explain the “natural law” perspective concerning human life, liberty, and property.




  1. Besides free speech, what other freedoms and natural rights did Franklin and other Revolutionary leaders argue for?

American Government (Due 10/3)

American Government 


Basic American Government

Read pgs.  42-58 (This won’t be easy reading, but you can do it!!)

Answer questions according to your reading


Complete Idiot’s Guide to U.S. Gov.

Read Chapter 16

Read/contemplate 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Current Event


Basic American Government

  1. Does the dispersal of power create an efficient government?



  1. What was Patrick Henry’s concern about the government established by the Constitution?



  1. For what purposes could taxes be raised by the general government?



  1. What is the “necessary and proper” clause of the Constitution?




  1. Is either the general government of the United States or any of the state governments limited in their powers by the words of the Constitution?


Pg. 51-58


  1. Why did Alexander Hamilton feel that a Bill of Rights was not only unnecessary, but actually dangerous?



  1. How did Patrick Henry view the matter?



  1. Carson says that the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights are not granted by the government. Instead, he says, they are “natural” and “inalienable”.  If this is so, then why were slaves and others (Native Americans) precluded from enjoying these same rights?



  1. What are the rights to life, liberty, and property? (Define)




  1. What is the primary purpose of the Bill of Rights? A) To lay out what rights citizens of the U.S. may enjoy or B) to define limitations on the general government?



  1. What is a search warrant and what does probable cause mean?
  2. Search warrant:


  1. Probable Cause:



The Complete Idiot’s guide


  1. What does the 14th Amendment say



  1. How is the Ninth Amendment special?




  1. Do you believe that both Evolution and Creationism should be taught equally in public schools? Why or why not?



  1. What is the Sedition Act of 1917? Do you see this type of behavior today in our country?  Give an example.




  1. What Supreme Court decision gave you the right, that you are “enjoying” right now. of home schooling



  1. Which amendment protects a person against the government intruding into your private home?


  1. What are the Miranda Rights?




  1. What does the Eighth Amendment say?