The US political system

| May 26, 2015

The U.S. political system is based on several conflicting political processes, political behaviors, institutions, and issues. Below is a list of some of these contentious political issues that affect our system of government. Select one of these issues and create a logical argument defending or opposing the issue. Use at least six scholarly sources, including your textbook, to support your argument. Make sure you address counter-arguments to the issue you select.

The purpose of this Final Paper is to not only demonstrate an understanding of selected political behaviors but also apply critical thinking in the analysis the most pressing current political issues.

Select your topic from the list of issues below:

  • The U.S. government is too large.
  • The U.S. government does not supply enough social services.
  • The U.S. tax system is unfair.
  • The Executive Branch has too much power.
  • The Legislative Branch has too much power.
  • The Judicial Branch has too much power.
  • The media has too much power.
  • Civil rights/liberties are currently threatened by the federal government.
  • Public opinion has too much influence over political actors.
  • U.S. elections do not reflect the will of the people.

This paper will be divided into the following five sections:

  1. Introduction:
    1. Define your thesis/argument/position.
    2. State the main points of your paper.
  2. Explanation of your position:
    1. Explain your position and support it using scholarly sources.
    2. Explain why your position is valid and/or credible and support your discussion using scholarly sources.
  3. Explanation of the opposing position (counter-arguments):
    1. Explain the opposing positions and use scholarly sources to support it.
    2. Explain why the opposing position is not valid and/or credible and use scholarly sources to support your argument.
  4. Overall effect on our political system:
    1. Evaluate how your issue affects our political system.
    2. Evaluate the effect on our political system.
      • Determine if the issue is having an overall positive or negative effect on our democracy.
      • Support your evaluation using scholarly sources.
  5. Conclusion:
    1. Restate your thesis/argument/position.
    2. Review your main points.

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

  1. Must be 5 to 7 double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must include at least six scholarly sources, which may include your textbook. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  7. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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