Please submit a summary that is 3-5 pages, double-spaced, and which addresses the following points: (1) provide your analysis and evaluation of the materials and historical topics covered in the first weekly discussion, (2) summarizes the discussion itself, noting your fellow students’ opinions of the topics discussed and what positions they took and how the topics interrelate, (3) summarizes whether the discussion changed and/or reinforced your initial opinions about the topics and why, and then (4) evaluates how the topics discussed in this discussion as well as the rest of the materials and historical topics we covered relates to the current controversy regarding the vacancy on the US Supreme Court caused by the death of Justice Scalia – specifically, now that you have a deeper understanding of the origins of the Constitution and some sense of it’s creators “intent”, outline the recent history of Supreme Court vacancies in election years since 1916 (aka. in the last century) and then evaluate whether you believe the President should nominate a replacement and whether you believe the Senate should hold hearings and ultimately conduct a vote on confirmation of that nominee, based on your understanding of the history of the last century of parallel vacancies and your understanding of the Constitution and the “founders intent” as highlighted by our first discussion.
Please note that your level and quality of participation in the discussions themselves will be factored in to your grade for the discussion summary. Do not plagiarize any part of this summary – any plagiarism will result in a grade of 0 for this assignment.
NOTE: “3-5 pages, double-spaced” is a guideline to about how long your summary should be if you were doing it in Word – etudes does not have page separations or let you double space so don’t panic about the formatting – but realize that spelling, grammar, and structure do count as part of the grade of this assignment