Saturday, March 7, 2009

First Semester Comprehensive Assignments

A little information for those who are wondering what 15MinuteConservatism is all about:

-For those who care about Politics passionately, it grips them like a hometown sports team. For some it is a hobby, for others it is a profession, for most, they wait for the playoffs to follow what’s going on.

-Each assignment, is a simple 15Minute assignment for all members to perform and record in their notebook/binder.

-The first semester will involve a good amount of basic public information gathering that relates to you as a local voter.

-Our main objectives are to: educate ourselves, enlighten the people around us, and quietly let the politicians know “We exist.”

Be sure to go to: for your own copy of the Constitution.

Assignment # 1 – Your Local State Rep.

We will start this off with a basic fact finding assignment.
a) Who is your Local State Legislative Representative?
b) What State District do they represent?
c) What Political Party do they belong to?
d) Where is this person’s office that is closest to your home?
e) What hours is this office open?
f) Who answered the phone? Or was it an answering machine?
g) When does your State Legislative Representative visit that office?(If you call, you may decide to introduce yourself and ask a question about your local area’s interest or when the Legislator is having a local scheduled meeting)

Bonus Points: Visit the office within 7 days just to say “Hi” and introduce yourself. Pick up a few pamphlets and get a business card.

Assignment # 2 – The Preamble to the Constitution

Look up the parts of the Preamble to the Constitution (below) that you may not fully understand.

Make some notes about what the section states. Online, there are multiple interpretations. See if they match your notes.
Also, what year was the Constitution written? How many years after the colonies won their Independence?

We the People of the United States,In Order to form a more perfect Union,Establish Justice,Insure domestic Tranquility,Provide for the common defense,Promote the general Welfare,And secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Bonus Points: Print out a nice copy or two of the Preamble and post it in your workplace, kitchen, and/or bulletin board. Take a picture of it when posted. Leave it up for a week.

Assignment # 3 - Guess-tionaire about employment in your area

Take some time to carefully think about the following questions, and write down in your binder, your best guess to the following, without looking them up:(These are all opinion questions, not research.)

Estimate how many people live your county? (If you live in a larger city that’s considered its own county, guess using your city for every question)

Who (company or organization) do you think is the largest employer in your county today?

What percentage do you believe is the current unemployment rate in your county?

What percentage of your county’s workforce belongs to a union?

What percentage of your county’s population, do you think, is retired?

What percentage of your county’s population is self- employed?

Estimate what percentage of your county’s businesses employs 500+ employees?

How many companies in your county classify themselves as farms/farmland/agricultural?

How many employees do your county’s college/universities utilize?

From what you have personally experienced, do you believe illegal immigrants are a large, medium, small, or non-existent entity in your county’s workforce?

How many companies in your county classify themselves as manufacturing?

How many employees does your county hospital(s) provide work for?

How many total employees, do you think, are employed by your county’s public school system?

How about employed by its private schools?

You can keep your estimate answers in your binder. Through the next few weeks the answers to these questions may become a bit clearer.

Assignment # 4 – Our Personal Past“Our Past and Education”

Essay Question:You have heard about the saying:“I remember a time when we used to not have to lock our doors at the house at night (or when we went away).”

Please take the time to ask your parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, or any person you know till you find out the answer to this:

“When and/or what event occurred that caused you to lock your family's doors for the first time ever?”

Assignment # 5 – Your Local State Senator

We will return back to the other fact finding assignment.

a) Who is your Local State Senate Representative?
b) What State Senatorial District do they represent?
c) What Political Party do they belong to?
d) Where is this person’s office that is closest to your home?
e) What hours is this office open?
f) Who answered the phone? Or was it an answering machine?
g) When does your State Senatorial Representative visit that office?

(Again, If you call, you may decide to introduce yourself and ask a question about your local area’s interest or when the Legislator is having a local scheduled meeting)

Bonus Points: Visit the office within 7 days just to say “Hi” and introduce yourself. Pick up a few pamphlets and get a business card.

Assignment # 6 – Article 1 of the Constitution

Our Founding Documents - Constitution Article 1, Sec 1-2

Can be a bit difficult to read. But it begins to define the original powers of Congress. Read and underline/put notes next to the words which cause key issues to arise today. What "legacy" seemed to be at a crucial point right in these 2 Sections of the Constitution? Comment online as you see fit.

Article. I. Section. 1.

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Section. 2.

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States,and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years,and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States,and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union,according to their respective Numbers,which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons,including those bound to Service for a Term of Years,and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States,and within every subsequent Term of ten Years,in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand,but each State shall have at Least one Representative;and until such enumeration shall be made,the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to choose three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State,the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Bonus Points: Remember to Post this in a place of where it can be seen and discussed. Take and submit your online picture.

Assignment # 7 - How things “work” in your area?

Get your binder and put notes next to these answers.This Assignment has to do with your Paycheck (or if you don’t have a paycheck of your own, maybe someone who is willing to show you theirs)
1- Find your Gross Pay Total =
2- Find your Net Pay Total =
3- Subtract your Net pay total from your Gross Pay total =
4- Find the Total of your Gross pay that is being deducted for Medicare =
5- What is the % of your Gross pay is that =
6- Find the Total of your Gross pay that is being deducted for Social Security =
7- What is the % of your Gross pay is that =
8- Find the Total of your Gross pay that goes to Federal taxes =
9- What is the % of your Gross pay is that =
10- Find the Total of your Gross pay that goes to State taxes =
11-What is the % of your Gross pay is that =
12- Do you have any Local tax deducted?
13- How much is that a % of your Gross pay =
14- Do you have SUI (State Unemployment Insurance) deducted =
15- What % of your Gross pay is that =
16- Do you pay part of your Health, Dental, Eyes, or Life Insurance? Y/N
17- If you do, what is the total out of your paycheck for all 4 =
18- Do you take out money for Retirement yourself?
19- Any Union dues?
20- Any others I forgot to list?
Feel free to add up the Percentages and the Total whichever way you like!

Bonus Points:Now put a Blue Star next to every number which your employer has to “match” the amount that is taken out of your paycheck. If you don’t know, ask your boss, HR, or an Accountant—and while you are at it, ask them if anything was missed!

Assignment # 8 - Your Educational Experience

Think about which Teacher was/is the greatest influence upon your education.
1. What made them special to you?
2. Did you learn anything that lasts with you today?
3. What was their style or personality? (Loud, soft, firm, easy, funny?)
4. Did you find the material they covered difficult?
5. Was the Subject matter your favorite or not?
6. A bout how long were they teaching for? (Many years, new?)

Think about with Person (non-Teacher) was/is the greatest influence upon your education.
1. What made them special to you?
2. Did you learn anything that lasts with you today?
3. What was their style or personality? (Loud, soft, firm, easy, funny?)
4. Did you find the lessons they imparted difficult to understand?
5. Was the Subject matter your favorite or not?6. About how long have they been a part of your life? (Many years, new, knew them a short while?)

What Item that you regard as Educational (whether a skill, talent, or job) have you actually taught yourself?
By what process did you learn this ability?
What event motivated you to begin this journey?

Bonus Points: Find an Internet Article or Brief Story written about a Teacher of the Year/Award winning teacher. Make notes about any key themes in their life, teaching style, and/or their students.

Assignment # 9 - Your Congressman

The last of the 3 Local leadership fact finding assignments.Going a little higher!
a) Who is your U.S. Congressman?
b) What Congressional do they represent?
c) What Political Party do they belong to?
d) What Committees do they serve on?
e) Where is this person’s office that is closest to your home?
f) What hours is this office open?
g) Who answered the phone? Or was it an answering machine?
h) When does your Congressman visit that office?

(Again, If you call, you may decide to introduce yourself and ask a question about your local area’s interest or when the Legislator is having a local scheduled meeting)

Bonus Points: Visit the office within 7 days just to say “Hi” and introduce yourself. Pick up a few pamphlets and get a business card.

Assignment # 10 - Original Constitution Wording and the Senate

Hey there, Section #3 of Article 1 is quite relevant since Senate Seats are now going at $1 million a clip.

Note the That this is the original set-up and changes in the Section have occurred since. Notice Them?

Section 3.The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.The Senate shall choose their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Assignment # 11 - How Unions Work?

Today, please take 15 minutes to go to:

Read what is said, learn how things are organized, and see how much influence is felt in your state.I was amazed to discover 46 unions are registered in my state of PA. How many in yours?

Assignment # 12 - Learning some basic Terms that are tossed around

Please take 15 Minutes to look up the following Terms:
- Conservative
- Liberal
- Socialist
- Fascist
- Libertarian
- Federalist
- Democrat
- Republican
- Moderate
- Independent
- Communist
- Imperialist
- Capitalist
- Progressive

You see these terms launched as an insult, used as a badge of honor, overused, and misused. But what do they really mean and what was their origin?

Assignment #13 - Primaries, Primary Rules, Dates, and Who is Involved?

This may be the most Influential and Meaningful assignment of the First Semester:

Find out the following information:

When are your State Primaries scheduled?
Who is determining (this time) the primary voting rules for your state?
Can these rules be changed before the next Presidential Primary?
Do they need to change?Who is considering running for office?
What are the deadlines for any work related to these elections?
Who are responsible for making these decisions about the primary votes in 2010 and 2012?Did your State have a controversy that can be changed this time around?
Who do you need to speak with to make a difference in the next election cycle?

Assignment # 14 - Congress and its WorkdayLooks like some basic Housekeeping rules.

Take the time to read this section of the Constitution

Section. 4.The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.Section. 5.Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

Assignment # 15 – Unemployment (What happens when people don’t work?)

Think about, try to answer, and/or try to seek out the answers to the following:

Where is the nearest local Unemployment Office in your area?
What are the eligibility qualifications for an unemployment check?
Where does that money come from?
What % do you contribute?
Your employer’s %?
The govt’s %?
How often will that check be issued?
How many weeks can you be on unemployment?
Are you allowed to work while on UE?
If so, how much $ limit determined / How many hours?
Who are the State government leaders identified to be in charge of the UE Dept.?

Bonus: Go to your local UE office. See what’s going on these days. It must be crazy.

Assignment # 16 – Your Past and Education (Historical Figures)

In your view and according to our Assignment Day #12 definitions, characterize the historical American figures below as Conservative, Liberal, etc.

Most people should have more than one attribute. Provide support for your reasons. Write down your ideas and evidence.

-Abraham Lincoln
-Benjamin Franklin
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
-George Washington
-John Adams
-John F. Kennedy
-Theodore Roosevelt
-Thomas Jefferson
-Woodrow Wilson

Assignment # 17 – Your Mt. Rushmore

I have always been a big fan of Ronald Regan. In fact, a section of his diary is part of my daily reading. I consider President Regan one of the 4 Men on my own “Mt. Rushmore of Conservatives.”

Today’s 15MinuteConservative assignment is for you to construct your own conservative “Mt. Rushmore” and state your case why those 4 people should be on it. Be prepared to defend your choices. By the way, without looking it up, name the 4 men who are on the “real” Mt. Rushmore and guess what state it is located within – see if you were right!

Assignment # 18 – The Rest of the Story

Sometimes I wonder about truth when it comes to reporting history. It has been said many times that:
- The ends justify the means.
- It must be true, because the story fits the template.
- Liberalism is based upon feelings, rather than fact.

Below are some historical “concepts” that you may not have known the truth about. Look them up. See what the follow up story really is.

-We were told Candidate Bill Clinton was really an honest, faithful husband and lying women only wanted to destroy his chance to be President.

-Mayor Nagin and Chief Compass had claimed widespread rapes and gangs in the Superdome during Katrina; News reports claimed New Orleans would be under water for 25 years or more.

-For you older students, Sacco and Vanzetti were actually guilty according to their lawyer and writer Upton Sinclair.

-Norma Leah McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) was never raped, nor did she have an abortion because of the pregnancy.

-Nuclear Freeze Movement promised that “Ronald Reagan” would start a nuclear war.

Write your own list of Reports, Historical Facts, or Ideas that you know have been disproved over time. You may be amazed how the truth comes out after one side wins.

Assignment # 19 – Congress and its Personal Limits

Article 1, Section. 6 of the ConstitutionThe Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office

Assignment # 20 – MovingOn – that is.

“Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer” --- Sun-tzu

Just months before the past Presidential election, I did the Conservative unthinkable. I joined via the internet. No, they have never seen a dime of my money, but I am on their e-mailing list and had me as a best friend.

I wanted to learn how things work on the other side, what they say to motivate their base, and what is promised if you support the team/cause. I don’t think anything on the Conservative side comes close to what they do.

Today I would ask you to do one or all of the following: Go to, read what is professed on their site, and maybe sign-up for their emails. (I use an alternate email address).

It’s free, but it has taught me much about why Obama was successful – even against Hillary’s machine.If you are serious about doing this right, you must know the opponents as well as you know your own team.

Assignment # 21 – Actual Mistakes/Crimes/Errors by past Conservatives

It is frustrating when the media “blows out of proportion” a negative action by a Conservative and conversely “downplays/ignores” a real crime by a Liberal. The intertwined mess always distorts the message and ideas.

Unfortunately, is the past, a few people have damaged the Conservative message with their wrongful actions and words. Whether reported fairly and unfairly, it has occurred. Rush has said many times, “Since I am a Conservative, I am now branded as being an uncaring, evil, bigot, sexist, racist, homophobe.”

Take 15 Minutes to investigate any of these labels mentioned and ask yourself, “Why is a Conservative automatically called a racist? What actual policy brands a conservative a homophobe? Have any past actions by Conservatives really caused these labels to stick?”

Assignment # 22 - "Who are Are You?"

Basic Assignment: George Soros is mentioned as a/the Top contributor to Liberal/Democratic causes. Along with Hollywood he has pumped a stream of money into the system for left-wing change.

My question to you is: Who are the Big contributors to Conservative causes? Who steps to the plate to fund Conservatives when needed? Try to investigate and List the top 5-10 and where their money originates.

Assignment Day # 23 – Global Warning and the Media

The Media has been a complete willing accomplice in the Global Warming hoax. They manufacture photo ops, ignore any the opposing viewpoints, and hype events to promote an imaginary crisis.It’s time to hone your skills!

Use “common sense”, history, investigation, and basic science to prove why the Media may be completely off-base with their claim.

Below, list 10 facts and/or solid arguments why Man-made Global Warming is not viable. Get your facts straight! Think I'm wrong? Then prove your case!

Assignment # 24 - Article 1 Section 7 - "I'm Just a Bil, yeah I'm only a bill..."

Article 1 Section. 7.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it.If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law.But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be re-passed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.I hate lawyer-speak, I really do.

Assignment # 25 - "Some-where-out-there"

A month before starting 15MinuteConservative, I decided to get involved with my local Republican club in the hope of joining. I figured they could use another Conservative body to assist with the big task ahead.
As you may have known, I couldn't find one in my township. Nothing, no mention, no website, no address. I called a neighboring Republican club and they directed me to me to an individual. We exchanged polite emails and I offered to do anything necessary (participation, office space, money, leadership). I made a point not to be pushy. Since then --- unfortunately, no response.

I ask:Who is your local Republican or Conservative Leadership?
Do they have an organization?
A physical address or a PO Box?
Do they have an office?
A phone?
A website?
Are you a Republican Leader yourself?

Assignment # 26 - Just for Fun (50 State Map Race)

Lighthearted review of a past Elementary School Assignment.Without looking it up, draw your version of a map (from memory) listing all 50 United States.

Assignment # 27 - Profile in Thought (Thomas Sowell)

Thomas Sowell is a Conservative scholar who "gets it". I have read his books and recently heard him speak on the radio for the first time. I encourage anyone who wants to learn "Economics", study from his writings.

For this assignment, please take 15 Minutes to read his biography (wiki?) and some of his thoughts and quotes. Check out his books at the local library or bookstore.

Assignment # 28 - Inauguration Day...Week...Month...Year

Today, you, a 15MinuteConservative, have been inaugurated as the President of the United States.
Are YOU ready for 4 sleepless years?
Are YOU ready to age 10 years?

Here is the Assignment:
List the Top 10 Priorities of YOUR new Administration in order of importance.
Think it through. Congress still has power, S.C. Justices will go on life support for 4 years if necessary, and the perhaps the press already hates your guts!

Assignment # 29 – What Would Ya?

If I was a talk show host. and had to interview politicians, one question I would always ask them: “If you weren’t in politics, what would you do for a living?”
Ask yourself, what job would the following political figures do if they weren’t in politics?
Joe Biden
Hillary Clinton
Nancy Pelosi
Harry Reid
Barack Obama
John McCain
John Kerry
George W. Bush
Bill Clinton

By looking into their past, you might learn why they “are who we thought they were.”

Take time to reverse it: Which political office would you do if had the chance? Governor, U.S. Rep., U.S. Senator, or S.C. Justice. Why?

Assignment # 30 – “Speaking in Tongues” (The Law)

Whenever I hear the words “The Law”, I think of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and the convict car ride. But that is a different story.

Below are some terms that politicians throw around while making their case for even more laws to avoid themselves
Take 15 minutes to lookup these terms below. See if the definition/history matches what you thought?

Stare decisis
Habeas corpus
nolo contendere
Quid pro quo
miranda rights
Magna Carta
In loco parentis
Ex post facto
Ad hominem

Assignment # 31 - Conservative Help Wanted Ad

If you had to place an Classified Advertisement for people to help you bring about another Conservative Re-alignment, what would you say? (100 spaces/letters max.)

Take 15 Minutes to write a classified ad that you could possibly post on Craigslist, your local paper, church bulletin, or your student newspaper. Would anyone respond? Would they need a resume?

Assignment # 32 - What is Supply-Side Economics?

Is it good or bad? Right or Wrong? Make your points. K.I.S.S. Principle Please!

Assignment # 34 - The Death Penalty

What is your position on the Death Penalty?
What is your state's policy regarding the Death Penalty?
Who was the last person executed in your state? When? Why?
Do you believe you can call yourself "Pro-Life", yet be in favor of Execution?
What exactly does the definition "Life sentence" mean? Look it up.
How many prisoners are incarcerated within your State currently?
How many on Death Row?

Assignment # 35 - Article 1, Section 8 Congressional Powers

Sometimes I hear: What would Jesus Do? or You can't do that!
Fortunately, we have a Constitution that clearly states what Congress is permitted to do. (But I don\'t think they are listening)

Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;To establish Post Offices and post Roads;To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;To provide and maintain a Navy;To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Assignment # 36 - The ACLU

Take 15 Minutes to read the history of the American Civil Liberties UnionFind out where your nearest ACLU office is located?

Take the time to Google ACLU + your home area to find out the names of every ACLU lawyer living/working near you?

Let's see what we discover!!

Assignment # 37 - Your Plans for what’s ahead

Think about 5 Things that you are going to do to affect your:
- Finances this year
- Future within the world of Politics
- Family's Future day to day lives

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