American Government 101

Instructed by Andy Schlafly

Knowledge of government is very important. You cannot drive a car without a license from government. You cannot own land without complying with government’s rules. It requires a government license to work as a doctor, lawyer, accountant, architect, electrician, undertaker, plumber and so on.You have to understand how government works in order to get anything done.

How do we know what the President, Congress and the Supreme Court can and cannot do? They are all explained in one brief document: the United States Constitution.

In this course you will learn how our system works, how things are done, and what can be done better. This is more of a problem-solving course — our focus is on what the system of government is, rather than how it is developed.

On completion of this course . . . you should be able to discuss the following issues . . .

  1. Should Congress limit judicial review, as in Ten Commandments case? How?
  2. The rule against interstate sales tax — interference with state power?
  3. Free 50 guilty defendants rather than convict one innocent one?
  4. California recall for governor — democracy run amok?
  5. Electoral college — scrap it?
  6. Postal monopoly — end exclusivity for regular mail?
  7. Line-item veto — constitutional?
  8. Conditional declarations of war by Congress — constitutional?
  9. Must one state recognize marriages performed by another?
  10. Excluding homeschoolers from public school activities — constitutional? Fair?
  11. Are limits on campaign contributions constitutional?
  12. Constitutional right to question jurors before trial? (voir dire)
  13. Should we allow free trade with China? With countries that suppress religion?
  14. Full free speech for corporations? In advertising? In denying wrongdoing?
  15. Should corporations be able to donate directly to political campaigns?
  16. Random drug testing of students in school activities — constitutional?
  17. Equal protection clause — should it protect non-citizens? apply to gender?
  18. State discounts for residents — violate Privileges and Immunities Clause?
  19. Non-delegation doctrine — can Congress delegate lawmaking to agencies?
  20. Substantive due process — distinguish between economic and social rights?
  21. Expand the Patriot Act to allow subpoenas by agencies?
  22. English-only laws for basic public school courses — constitutional?
  23. Evicting families from fed housing if guests found w/ drugs — constitutional?
  24. Sup. Ct. abolished privilege by defend. to block spousal testimony. Agree?
  25. Charitable immunity has largely been abolished. Should it be?
  26. Constitutional right for parents to refuse medical treatment for children?
  27. Abolish the Federal Drug Administration, which delays new treatments (FDA)?
  28. Title IX: athletes’ gender must be proportional to enrollment – constitutional?
  29. Runaway federal deficit — unconstitutional?
  30. Music file sharing over the internet — should it be illegal?
  31. New federal bill to create new property right in databases — constitutional?
  32. Should fed. employees be able to participate in campaigns (Hatch Act)?
  33. Should the Bill of Rights be applied against the States?