Week 4 Reading
Please read the following:
- Walter Nixon v. United States Judicial Impeachment
- The Steel Seizures Case Presidential Powers
- United States v. Richard Nixon Presidential Immunity
- Trump v. Hawaii Immigration/Entry to U.S.
In this week, I would like to you to watch the following 5 videos. These videos will help you understand how the federal government is able to regulate individuals and the individual states.
Video 1: Quimbee – Nixon v. United States https://youtu.be/b6T_DQz5nKE
Video 2: How U.S. v. Nixon Changed Presidential Power <iframe title=”vimeo-player” src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/127080182″ width=”640″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
Video 3: Executive Power https://youtu.be/ZUH-reHU7NM
Video 4: Expanding Executive Power https://youtu.be/y04A6tRp2nU
Video 5: John Roberts on Justice Robert H. Jackson
This discussion assignment has two parts. You need to complete both parts.
In Federalist Paper 78, Alexander Hamilton famously labeled the judiciary as the “least dangerous branch.” After reading the following excerpt, discuss which one of the three branches of the federal government, between the Legislature, the Executive or the Judiciary, truly is the “least dangerous.”
Or, if you would prefer, discuss which one of the three branches is the most powerful.
Choose ONLY ONE branch as either the least dangerous or the most powerful.
Here is the excerpt:
Whoever attentively considers the different departments of power must perceive, that, in a government in which they are separated from each other, the judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them. The Executive not only dispenses the honors, but holds the sword of the community. The legislature not only commands the purse, but prescribes the rules by which the duties and rights of every citizen are to be regulated. The judiciary, on the contrary, has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society; and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.
After making your selection, explain your choice in 150 words or less.
Your post is due no later than 11:59 pm CST on Saturday, February 13, 2021.
In your responsive post, you must provide a counter-point to one classmate’s post. Respond to one — and only one — classmate’s post. Please comment on a different student’s post than you have done in past classes. The value in these exercises comes from exposing our ideas to a variety of viewpoints.
While I expect a high degree of civility in responses, I also expect you will think through the strong points and weak points of each post. For example, if someone chose the Executive as the least dangerous branch, counter that choice in a professional tone with reasoned analysis. You cannot use adjectives or adverbs in your response.
Your response is limited to 100 words or less. I recognize this is a change from the first 2 weeks. You do not have to reach the maximum word count. But you cannot exceed the maximum word count.
Your response to a classmate’s post is due no later than 11:59 pm CST on Monday, February 15, 2021.
You are required to complete both portions of this assignment — an original post taking your own position and a counter-post challenging another classmate’s position. There are 2 separate due dates. Your post is due on Saturday. Your responsive post is due on Monday.