Today we went over some of the different aspects of the Constitution. Choose one of the following questions and give your supported views on the issues. Be sure to make your comment at least 300 words long.
1. Do you think that antislavery delegates to the Constitutional Convention should have insisted on ending slavery throughout the new nation?
2. Do you think the nation would have survived without the Southern states?
3. How would our nation be different if slavery had been abolished in 1789?
4. Do you think the United States could have survived without a written constitution?
5. How important is it for the people of a nation to have approved their constitution?
6. How can you tell if a nation is following the letter and the spirit of its constitution?
Today we discussed John Locke's "On the State of Nature." Please answer the following questions:
1. How does Locke describe the "state of Nature" (e.g. qualities, characteristics)?
2. If the "state of Nature" is as wonderful as Locke describes, why do men leave it and form a political society?
3. A contract is defined as an exchange of promises between two parties. Apply this definition to the social contract laid out in Locke's essay.
4. Define/explain the conditions under which government can be dissolved if the social contract is breached.
5. Compare Locke's philosophy to the philosophy of the Declaration of Independence. Cite specific excerpts from both documents to support your ideas.