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Discussion 2--Invoking the 25th Amendment

Discussion 2--Invoking the 25th AmendmentProgram-Level Objectives met with this assignment:

  • Communication 
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Personal Responsibility 
  • Social Responsibility 

Course-Level Objectives met with this assignment:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.
  • Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government.
  • Analyze the election process
  • Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens
  • Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics

Activity for Assessment: The election is over, and a new president has been sworn in.  Regardless of how we might individually feel about this outcome, one thing is for certain, we are divided as a country.  For this discussion, we are going to look at the most recent calls for removing President Trump in his final weeks, via impeachment or the 25th Amendment.  Specifically, we are analyzing the 25th Amendment, as a tool to remove the president.  (Keep in mind, we are looking at this academically, and not as a way to bash President Trump.  I know it can easily devolve into an argument between those who do and do not support President Trump.  Let us keep in mind this is an academic setting.) Watch and read the following video and article.  Please feel free to do other research on this topic as necessary.  Then, answer the questions below.  Calls grow for Pence to use 25th AmendmentWhat is the 25th Amendment and how does it work?1.) What is the purpose of the 25th Amendment? How did it come about?  2.) Historically, how has it been used and why is it an important safeguard for the Office of the Presidency?  3.) What were the arguments used by those in Congress and in the media to remove President Trump in the last two weeks of his tenure?  Do you feel these arguments were valid?  Why or why not? 4.) What is the difference between impeachment and the 25th Amendment?  In what circumstances should each be used?5.) Unfortunately, we have been living through many events that will be in our history books in the future.  As a young person, voter, potential voter, etc, what are your thoughts on how we can heal from the division in our country? Please be sure to meet the requirements for posting in the discussion board.  For more specifics, please refer to to the directions provided in the Start Here tab in eCampus. Do not forget your works cited.  Since the above-mentioned articles are all required for this discussion, you must include them in your works cited.  Any additional research must be included in your sources as well. 

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