Project #196199 - American Government & politics/ Ethics

Philosophy Tutors

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 08/11/2017 07:52 pm

Below are six questions. Please answer all to the best of your ability. Each answer must be 500 words double-spaced. Use 12-point, Times New Roman font. Be sure to answer the entire question 1. Your book describes “going public” as a strategy that presidents use to mobilize support for their policy agendas. Describe the logic behind “going public.” Why do presidents use it? Describe the trouble that presidents have in “going public” in our technologically advanced times. When is “going public” most likely to work? 2. Political science research has time and again proven that Americans have minimal knowledge of the basic facts of American government, and many more have minimal knowledge of the issues that the candidates campaign on. Yet, in spite of this, campaigns and candidates still pay very close attention to public opinion polls. Why is this? Is there a stable public opinion? Where? Also, given the complexity of the issues present in any campaign, what tools do voters use to make up their minds about a candidate/issue? 3. The US presidential election has the longest campaign period of any established democracy. During the 2016 campaign, we were bombarded with news stories, campaign advertising, and political rallies, all valiantly trying to persuade us to vote for a specific candidate. Additionally, our own individual characteristics affect how we interpreted this information, including age, gender, ethnicity, etc. However, what single characteristic (and there is one) is the most effective in influencing how an individual votes in a federal election? Why? Briefly describe this characteristic. How is this factor measured? 4. You and a friend are at a party discussing whether the death penalty is ethical (because that’s what college kids do at parties, right?). One friend justifies the death penalty by stating that it’s an “eye for an eye.” Is your friend being ethical or is she expressing a moral statement? Regarding what you’ve read these weeks, is the death penalty ethical? In other words, is it ethical for the State to decide who shall live and who shall die in accordance with the crimes a person has committed? 5. According to Weston, what is a dogmatist? Are there any debates in US politics where arguments can come across as dogmatic? To prod you a little further, which side of the debate would a dogmatist be on regarding the issue of same-sex marriage? What would the dogmatist argument be, and what would the ethical argument be? 6. Can torture ever be justified? Explain your answer via the “ticking bomb terrorist” metaphor. What is the “ticking bomb terrorist” metaphor? There is a wide array of evidence suggesting that the US tortured suspected terrorists after 9/11 and may still do. In regards to Bellamy, is this torture justified?


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