POL 303 Ashford Federalism and Constitutional Debates discussion

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The written assignment this week requires you to apply your critical thinking skills and evaluate the impact of federalism on selected topics.

Prepare: For this week’s assignment please review Chapters 1 through 5 in the course text and any other additional articles or videos that will help you prepare for this assignment. Conduct personal research as required to fulfill the assignment requirements.

Reflect: This assignment will require you to use your critical thinking skills to evaluate how the concept of federalism interacts with various current constitutional debates. This assignment is also the first step in the process towards completing your final research paper. The topic that you select for this assignment, either free speech, or privacy rights, should be the topic for your final paper as well. That way, the first main discussion point for the final research paper will be completed when you complete this assignment. Therefore, think your topic selection over carefully, choose something you are interested in, and save yourself some extra work by continuing to research the same topic for your final paper.

Select one topic from the following list of two constitutional issues:

  • Free Speech
  • Privacy Rights

For this assignment, you need to discuss one positive and one negative impact of federalism on the issue you selected. Once you have discussed those impacts, you are expected to evaluate which impact is the most significant on your issue and discuss the reasons behind that evaluation.



For example, if your topic were to be about regulation of commerce, federalism impacts regulation of commerce in a positive way by setting nationwide safety and building standards for highways, railroads, and airfields. Federalism could impact regulation of commerce in a negative way by forcing states to adhere to nationwide speed limits and safety laws that may not take into consideration local conditions and needs.



If you were going to look at equal protection under the law, one could argue that federalism has positively impacted equal protection of the law. The Fourteenth Amendment was critical in reducing racial discrimination because of landmark rulings like Brown v. Board of Education. On the other hand, federalism initially enabled states to treat their citizens differently based on the color of their skin. Supreme Court rulings such as Plessy v. Ferguson allowed the states to segregate blacks and whites as long as the states provided “separate, but equal facilities.”



For this paper, utilize the Constitution, established case law, and scholarly sources to discuss both sides of the argument and then provide a logical argument why one impact is more significant.



Write: Your paper should be organized into the following sections and should:

  • Introduce the selected issue and the direction of the paper (1/2 page)
  • Discuss one positive impact of federalism on the selected issue. (1 page)
  • Discuss one negative impact of federalism on the selected issue. (1 page)
  • Evaluate which impact is the most significant and discuss why. (1 page)
  • Conclude and summarize the main findings of the paper. (1/2 page)

The paper must be at least four pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. You must utilize at least three scholarly sources, one of which may be your course text. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center.

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Running head: FEDERALISM AND CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATES

Federalism and Constitutional Debates
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Institution
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FEDERALISM AND CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATES

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Introduction
Free speech or freedom of speech is among the most cherished values that the founding
fathers strove to protect. In the US constitution free speech is protected by the first amendment;
however, it has become difficult for Supreme Court of the land to determine the confines and the
limits of free speech (Barendt, 2005). Free speech is when an individual can freely express
themselves in words or signs without fearing retaliation from the state or federal government.
Free speech should include both words that are spoken directly as well as symbolic gestures and
signs. It has been stated that, as long as the Congress lives, there will be no law that is made
which will interfere with the freedom of speech. Some things are not protected under the
freedom of speech like incitement, advocating for illegal drug use among others (Cram, 2016).
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the positive and negative impact of federalism on the
freedom of speech in the US. Also, it will address the most significant impact that will have been
found.
Positive Impact of Federalism on Free Speech
Federalism is when power gets divided into several different units, for example, there is
the central/national government, and then there are state governments. Democracy is one of the
critical consequences of federali...

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