Government Essay

One of the classes I’m taking this summer is on both American and Texas governments. Yes, that’s an aweful lot of material to cover in a mere four weeks. But, so far its been good. My prof is young, but he is passionate about the topic and pushing us to form our own opinions, which is fun.

One of our assignments for the class is a 5-7 page essay. I like to write, so I’m looking forward to this. I thought it would be fun to have my audience help me select my topic. I’ll even let you proof-read my work before I turn it in.

Today he gave us a list of suggested topics, or we can choose a topic of our own. He has some good ones to choose from. Of the list of nine topics he suggested, here are the two that are most appealing to me:

  • Certain civil rights leaders have recently expressed concern that some civil rights are being reversed. Is this a valid concern? Specify in what areas? (You probably want to narrow it to one or two areas.) What should be done in regard to civil rights?
  • What is the foreign policy vision behind the war in Iraq? Why did it happen? Based on principles in foreign policy, was it a good decision? Which principles of foreign policy are you using? Why?

I think I’d probably also be interested in evaluating how the Federal and Louisianna governments have responsed to Katrina and its aftermath. I would need to formulate some questions, but it seems like it would be fun to explore that. Off the cuff, one question might be: The Federal government is making policy changes in response to hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Were they to blame for FEMA’s slow response time? If so, what could they have done differently? If not, who is to blame?

So? What are your thoughts? Which topic should I address in my essay? I have to turn in my choice on Friday, so you have to answer by Friday morning at 8:00 (CDT).

5 replies on “Government Essay”

  1. They’re both good topics. I like the civil rights one more. I guess there’s so many avenues you could pursue on that.

  2. An interesting book on the topic of desegregation…. Dismantling Desegregation by Orfield and Eaton of The Harvard Civil Rights project. It is pretty dense but might be of some use. I am pretty sure you can find it in the UT library (PCL or PA).

  3. Hmmm, I think I like the civil rights one too.

    I’m not sure that this would be a good topic, but I found something interesting as I was listening the other day on one of the many talk radio shows. Basically the conversation centered around politicians being politicians for their whole lives making it a career rather than serving a specified term and then returning to the “normal life” in which they are more sensitive and more aware of living life in US. Someone called in and mentioned that our current elected officials do not support small business very well because only a few of them are involved in small businesses ever. Now, I’m just sharing what I heard and think would be an interesting topic of discussion.

  4. Hummm – either one of these topics sounds good. Not sure if I could give much better topic ideas. Good luck with these.

    Good to see you tonight at the 5x B-Day Party.

  5. @Jan
    That’s really interesting! Its also closely related to one of the things that came out in lecture this week. Because Texas state congressmen and senators only earn $7,200 per year (that number may not be accurate, but they definitely earn less than $10,000 per year), only the independently wealthy can afford to be politicians. Which creates a dichotomy between the governing and the governed.

    I agree, it was fun to see you last night. Thanks for coming to our party.

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