Essential Question for Politics:
- What is the ideal relationship between the citizen and the state?
- What role should local, state, and federal government play in our lives?
Wednesday, December 6
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Monday, December 15
940 to the break on page 950 "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
I believe in the idea of small government and should like to see it carried out. Ultimately, I also believe "That government is best which governs not at all." And when we are ready for it, that's the type of government that we'll have. Governments are just a means to an end, but sometimes they get in the way. The same arguments that are used against a standing army (and I agree with them) can be directed at a standing government. The government -- the way in which the people have chosen to carry out their wishes -- is prone to abuses and corruption. The Mexican War is an example of how a few people have used the government for their own purposes which most people do not agree with.
What is this American government except a tradition that each moment is losing some of its integrity? It doesn't even have the vitality or force of a single person because a single person can bend it to his or her will. The government is like a wooden gun to the people themselves. But, it isn't less necessary for this fact because people want to see and hear the government out there to satisfy their idea of what government ought to be. Governments show how people can be imposed upon. But the government itself never really does anything. It doesn't keep the country free, settle the West, or educate anybody. Americans do that and they would have done more if the government would get out of their way. It's best when the people are left alone by it. Businesses have a hard time getting around the obstacles which lawmakers put in their way; and if we judged those lawmakers by their actions (and not their intentions), we would put them in the same category as those people who put obstructions on the railroads!
Assignment: Re-write every sentence as simply as you can:
Wednesday, December 17
Do Questions 1-10, 12 by the end of the hour
Worth their salt, England's white cliffs;
a glittering breastplate
Caesar saw from his ship;
the sea's gift to the land,
where samphire-pickers hung from
their long ropes,
gathering, under a gull-glad sky,
in Shakespeare's mind's eye;
astonishing in Arnold's glimmering verse;
marvellous geology, geography;
to time, deference; war, defence;
first view or last of here, home,
in painting, poem, play, in song;
something fair and strong implied in chalk,
what we might wish ourselves.
© Carol Ann Duffy 2012