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Troublemakers Though an Audience Trained Term Paper

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Originally he tries to seek meaning in the world, and to join with the humans as a way of coming home. Eventually he realizes he can never join them. After this, he decides to officially reject meaning altogether, though he still seems to believe in it internally. The humans say that he is the antithesis of God, the evil one and the Destroyer, so he decides to take on that role for them and seek meaning (such as it is) in meaninglessness and destruction. In a way, this does succeed for him, and he does find a kind of terrible homeness in it: "I had become, myself, the mama I'd searched the cliffs for once in vain." (Gardner, 80)

Odysseus on the other hand is primarily seeking his physical home, but he too makes his way towards it by means of violence and monstrous deceit. Before he can go home, he must defeat the Trojans, and he does this both through trickery and with exceptional violence. After this, he must go on a long journey, and this path too is filled with murderous deeds and with trickery. Like Grendel he is a thief, and his men steal the cattle of the sun and the provisions of Cyclops. He lies to Cyclops and his enemies, and also to his goddess Athena, and to his own father, son, and wife Penelope. It also seems rather shameful of Odysseus comes home alone of all his men. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to lose one comrade may be regarded as a misfortune, but to lose all of them looks like carelessness. Of course, Odysseus is also quite the murderer, as one sees not only in his sack of Troy, but also in the wanton bloodshed in his own house where he kills scores of young men whose only crime is suiting his wife once they believe him dead. Nonetheless, it is this cunning that brings Odysseus home.

Though both seem antiheroic, both Grendel and Odysseus are heroes. Their quests for meaning and home seem to stand for the quest each of us must go through to find our place in the world. Both are "every man" as it were, though from drastically different ages. It is fascinating to see the way that the ancient antiheroic hero is beginning to resurface as the only sort of hero the modern world can take…… [read more]


Importance of Magic Beings Term Paper

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"Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings," both based on books, employ many of the same tools that fairy tales do to tell their stories. Magical beings fill the pages of these books, and help the characters triumph over evil. Both books contain good and bad wizards, and a wide variety of other magical beings who help and hinder the main characters. These modern fairy tales continue to be popular with a wide range of audiences because not only they are well written and filmed, but also they engage the reader or viewer, and create an alternate universe where we can escape reality and suspend our disbeliefs. In other works, they are magic. We know they are not true, but that does not matter. They have heroic characters we can believe in, and they face dangerous situations that test their courage and allow them to grow as human beings. Fairy tales are magical, but they are also moral tales, and the hero must learn something and attain something for them to work. The best fairy tales are memorable, and the most memorable are those that contain larger than life heroes and larger than life situations they must endure and triumph over. Magical beings and fairies are they to help them, impede them, and make the story more interesting and compelling. That is why sometimes we remember the magical beings more than the heroes, such as the Giant from "Jack and the Beanstalk," the wicked witch from "The Wizard of Oz," and "Gandalf" from "The Hobbit."

Magical beings also inhabit many of these tales, and often, these magical beings create the central character's misfortune or distress. For example, in "Snow White," the stepmother can transform herself into the ugly hag witch, and ply Snow White with a poisoned apple. This magical being is selfish and jealous, and is the cause of Snow White's leaving the castle and long sleep. In "The Wizard of Oz," magical beings surround Dorothy on all sides, from the Wizard himself to the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man, along with Glenda, the good witch, who looks remarkably like a fairy princess. Dorothy's nemesis is also a magical being that makes her life miserable throughout the tale and sends her magical flying monkey henchmen to capture Dorothy and her friends. In "The Hobbit," Gandalf is another magical wizard who helps Bilbo throughout his adventures, and Smaug is a terrifying magical dragon that creates havoc for Bilbo throughout the book.

These magical beings are usually difficult… [read more]


Superman and Me by Sherman Essay

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Each child was surrounded with books in their houses but books by themselves are nothing more than a material possession.

However, it was the content of the books and the culture within the homes that had an appreciation for them that was truly the source of value in these writers' childhoods. Eudora's mother read to her constantly as a child. "She'd read to me in the big bedroom in the mornings…She'd read to me in the diningroom on winter afternoons in front of the coal fire…at night when I'd got in my own bed…sometimes she read to me in the kitchen while she sat churning (Welty)." By contrast, Sherman didn't have the same direct contact with his parents as they read to him. Rather he was more motivated to read by mirroring his father's love for books. "I can remember picking up my father's books before I could read. The words themselves were mostly foreign, but I still remember the exact moment when I first understood, with a sudden clarity, the purpose of a paragraph. (Alexie)." After this revaluation, he viewed most of the world in terms of paragraphs; his family having a set of seven paragraphs, one for each member, as a subset in a broader world that was made of other paragraphs (Alexie).

Conclusion

These two authors grew up in an environment that included a love for books as well as an appreciation for what was in them. Each individual had a family that loved, cherished, and collected books. However, the path to reading was unique for the individuals as well. Alexie provided much of his own motivation as he learned to read mostly by himself by trying to visualize the frames of a Superman comic and mirrored his father's habits. Welty on the other hand developed her appreciation for books by having her mother read to her constantly in her house. Therefore there are commonalities and differences to be found by both authors' upbringings however they both later continued to develop an extraordinary talent for writing.

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Alexie, S. "Superman and Me." 19 April 1998. The LA Times. Online. 25 February 2014.

Poetry Foundation. "Sherman Alexie." N.d. Poetry Foundation. Web. 25 February 2014.

Welty, E. "One Writer's Beginnings." N.d.…… [read more]


Japanese Literature Essay

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Moreover, the narrator encounters temptation just as Basho describes. He is drawn to the woman sexually, but must resist giving into temptation because of having taken vows. Resisting temptation is part of the hero's journey.

Fear is an emotion that the hero-travelers must encounter along their respective journeys. From the very beginning of their travels, the heroes address fears related to the power of nature, the power of their own desires, and wondering about things like food, shelter, and clothing. The two stories address the fact that the journey is designed to strengthen the individual and make him or her stronger and able to withstand the elements as well as fear. Fear cannot become an impediment to growth or to movement, and without courage, the hero could not continue on the journey. Courage is needed to persist until the goal is reached. When that goal is reached, moreover, there are successive goals on the horizon. For example, Basho writes about walking through the "pine forest so thick the sunlight could not penetrate at all," (p. 39). Not being able to perceive the light becomes a metaphor for spiritual darkness: the fear that can too easily grip a person. The person must continue walking. A similar motif of light and darkness is evident in "The Holy Man of Mount Koya," especially in the early scene in which the narrator was left in semi-darkness by the monk.

Throughout both "The Holy Man of Mount Koya" and in Basho's "Oku no Hosomichi," the supernatural components to the journey are as important as the natural elements. Supernatural elements continually embrace and challenge the hero-travelers. They meet other people who possess supernatural powers, and some people who do not. The people who possess supernatural powers, such as the old woman in "The Holy Man of Mount Koya," are people who present challenges to the traveler. The traveler is then responsible for overcoming the challenge or solving a problem that leads to their strengthening, growth, and transformation. It is, in the case of "The Holy Man of Mount Koya," also related to the resisting of temptation that is sexual in nature. The end result is that the hero succeeds and gains supernatural powers of his own through the powers of observation. In Basho's "Oku no Hosomichi," the journey is permeated with supernatural elements from the beginning as the narrator seeks and finds power in nature and in other people as well. The supernatural elements of the journey are what fulfill the narrator along his journey.

Emotions like fear and temptations both threaten to impede the journeys of the narrators, which is why "The Holy Man of Mount Koya" is reminiscent of Basho's "Oku no Hosomichi." These two short stories address the archetype of the hero-traveler. The hero-traveler wanders both on the physical and metaphysical dimensions and then communicates his story later.

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Basho. "Oku no Hosomichi." Retrieved online: http://apdl.kcc.hawaii.edu/roads/Basho_Oku_2011.pdf

Kyoka, Izumi. "The Holy Man of Mount Koya." Japanese Gothic Tales. University of Hawaii Press, 1996.… [read more]


Cross-Cultural Study Essay

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Setting

The setting of the fairytale with the roots in American society is in a village at the foot of Kaatskill Mountains. The setting however changes to an isolated and strange place that looks like an amphitheater where Rip was led by the stranger he met in the woods. The new setting is filled with strange people and new objects of wonder, none like the ones Rip is used to in his daily life at home. This introduction of a new world with strange people, strange activities and strange objects changes the setting of the story from the real world to the surreal setting. A world where as Rip observed, the people in there seemed to be amusing themselves but wore the gravest of the faces. This though was the surreal setting and the setting goes back to the real world twenty years after Rip gets into the woods.

The German folktale has quite a similar setting of the village, the woods and the surreal world where Peter disappears and time shift changes in that surreal world and comes back to his senses twenty years after he slips into the surreal world.

Both stories present an old world, a surreal world of the fairytale and finally the new world. This is one similarity in both stories and the similarity in the cultures of Germany and America; there is belief in the surreal world that is inhabited by spiritual beings where time count is different from the real world.

In bot stories there are changes that are experienced in the 20 years time lapse when the characters come back to the village. However, there are differences in the changes that have taken place. In the American fairytale, there are political changes and people are now more concerned with the political party that one belongs to and the political activities like the new political offices and the war took away many people from the village. On the other hand, in the German tale there is a dilapidation of the village as well but here it is due to the migration to other areas of the country, probably into towns that were coming up hence leaving the countryside dilapidated, either way, both villages in the two stories are seriously dilapidated and despite the twenty years change, there are no growth signs.… [read more]


Statue the Marble Essay

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She may or may not be married with children; the viewer does not know because it does not matter. Aphrodite is powerful in her own right. She refuses to be defined by her social roles. Her headdress suggests a regal element about her. Being rendered in marble at these dimensions also underscores the power of the woman.

The statue is also feminist in the sense that Aphrodite owns her own sexuality. She is nude and not ashamed of that fact. She belongs to no one; she is at the baths and perhaps ready to become intimate with anyone by her side. The fact that she turns to one side suggests that she might be depicted speaking to a friend or companion at the public baths. Perhaps this statue was part of a collection in which others flanked Aphrodite. Her relaxed stance shows that she is not inhibited at all. Aphrodite is comfortable with her sexuality. Roman culture was known for its public bathhouses, and its relatively promiscuous culture. Perhaps Aphrodite is being rendered as the female counter part of gods like Bacchus, god of the grape. Festivities and sex go hand in Roman society.

Although Roman and Greek societies were patriarchal in nature, this statue of Aphrodite suggests that perhaps there were feminist dimensions to those cultures that are evident in art if not in politics. Art reflects daily life, the norms and values of the culture, and the worldview of the people. This statue of Aphrodite shows a strong and powerful woman, who is a goddess but who is also accessible to the people. She is mundane and human enough to be bathing and to be standing in a relaxed pose doing something as simple as bathing. Aphrodite is self-possessed and confident, and reliant only on herself. She is the Everywoman.… [read more]


Enuma Elish vs. Genesis Term Paper

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As creation goes on in both stories, the steps are quite similar as both detail, and in much the same order, the creation of the firmament, the creation of dry land, the creation of the sun, moon and stars, and the creation of men and women. The final step of both involves the resting of the God who did the creation.

The differences are also easy to spot as well as it relates to comparing the Enuma Elish and the story as told in Genesis. In Genesis, the seventh day is sanctified as the Sabbath but it is a time of celebration in Enuma Elish. In Genesis, a single God created the earth but it was a god and a goddess fighting each other in Enuma Elish that led to creation. The author of Genesis, although not entirely settled, is believed to be Moses. The creator of Enuma Elish as a document is not really known. Another major difference between the two, although this is well after the initial creation, is that the Earth has generally improved since creation per Mesopotamian beliefs but there had to be a mass genocide (the great flood) in the Biblical account.

Conclusion

It is quite safe to say, per the source used for this subject as well as the author of this report, that one of the two accounts discussed in this report led to the creation of the other as the closeness of their authorship is ostensibly very close and they are entirely too similar for this to be a coincidence. Regardless, we will probably never know for sure short of the God or Gods involved proving it by coming forth but perhaps there will be some revelations and discoveries in the interim.

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ReligiousTolerance.com. "Comparing the Genesis and Babylonian stories of creation."

Comparing the Genesis and Babylonian stories of creation. N.p., 30 June 2014.

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Memory Essay

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How sad that things always change. What a pity that we cannot halt the passage of time. While I recall with extreme precision the memories of the London that shaped my young years, I do not know how or when it happened that this city of mine began to change.

One such change came when I was just 9 years old. That favorite sweetshop that made me so happy and motivated so much good behavior was taken over by an estate agent. Even now, my heart breaks a little every time I walk past "Savills -- the capital's property experts" where my sweetshop used to be. That sweetshop included the best traditional vanilla fudge that could make you forget everything in a single bite of heaven (for just £1.50). Now, those moments are accessible to me only in memory.

That was not the only change, of course. Just the other day I noticed that the local fish and chip stand, one of the most famous in the city, was demolished. In its place we now have extra car park bays.

Not even shopping is the uncomplicated affair it used to be. These days, I seldom feel like I know where I am going to shop. The hapless shopper now has to go to Oxford Street, the very definition of chaos and maniacal activity. When I first walked down Oxford Street, I remember being pushed and shoved, everybody apparently having forgotten the idea of personal space. I could not even hear myself think among the cacophony of voices and sirens. Shops and restaurants, offices and businesses have taken over everywhere, even my local high street.

Thankfully, the local park yet remains to me. Here, all the noise and frantic activity of business seems to fade dramatically. The only noise is the sound of the leaves, the drizzle of the rain, and the sound of a squirrel scurrying its way up a tree.

Yes, memory is a double-edged sword. It connects the individual with the sweetness of days past. But it is a sad sweetness, and one of a loss that can never be…… [read more]


Cultural Impact of Anime and Manga Research Paper

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¶ … Japanese Manga and Anime according to Hector Garcia

In his book, A Geek in Japan, Hector Garcia makes it clear that developing a comprehensive understanding of Japanese culture is a daunting enterprise for most Westerners, and the process can take a great deal of time unless effort is made to learn as much as possible and to integrate… [read more]


How Stage Uses Story to Connect With Audiences Essay

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¶ … Theater and Deep Human Communication

Theater critic Harold Cluman says that the "theater is deep human communication through the mask of fable." This means that fables or stories tell us messages about life and about ourselves. The message is deep in that it is not something that can be said simple. It is complex and needs to be… [read more]


Communications Critical Approaches to Popular Culture Book Report

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Mac Donald, D. (1953). A Theory of Mass Culture. In Mass Culture. Ed. Rosenberg & White.

Traditionally there has been a division between "high" and "mass" culture, with the former being written about in textbooks and the latter being disseminated via new media such as television.

Modern technology has essentially made mass culture possible.

"kitch" is a German term that refers to mass culture and its products

Mass culture is a "continuation of the old Folk Art which until the Industrial Revolution was the culture of the common people" (p. 60).

However, mass culture is not produced "from below" like folk art, but rather, "imposed from above" and manufactured by businesspeople. (p. 60)

The audience of mass culture is therefore "passive consumers" (p. 60)

The production of mass culture takes on a political dimension, because mass culture is produced as a form of "political domination" to exploit the masses and maintain class rule, as well as make profits for the elite (p. 60)

Mass culture is also characterized by being "homogenized" and it eschews value judgments; anything goes in mass culture (p. 62)

Two main responses to mass culture include avant-gardism, which refers to the refusal to compete, and academicism, which is little more than "kitch for the elite," (p. 63)

There has been trends toward merging all of the above: mass culture, academicism, and avant-gardism, and the result is more the corruption of "high culture" than the elevation of mass culture (p. 64).

Schudson, M. "The New Validation of Popular Culture," Chapter 46 In Storey, J. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture.

Popular culture enjoys a "new legitimacy in American universities," as whole courses are devoted to analysis of traditionally defined "mass" or "popular" culture (p. 495)

The study of popular culture can include analysis of production of the cultural object, the analysis of the objects' content, and also the study of how meanings are attributed to those objects (or their reception in public opinion/consciousness) (p. 495-496).

For example, it may be of value to analyze why some popular culture objects "work" or to explore the political dimension of producing items for mass consumption and exploitation (p. 497)

It is important to…… [read more]


Art Spiegelman's Maus Term Paper

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Maus

Using animals as proxy people in graphic novels and comics is nothing new. Using animals to represent people in a holocaust memoir is, however, has no precedent prior to Art Spiegelman's Maus. The choice of genre reflects Spiegelman's selection of the media he deemed most appropriate for capturing his father's story, as well as the collective story of the… [read more]


Democratic Party and Liberalism Chapter Writing

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Democratic Party and Liberalism

Liberalism and democracy have existed together for quite some time, especially in the United States. To understand liberalism in America, it is important first to under the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party involves politicians and objectives that share liberal views on society and regulation. The Democratic Party exists as one of two primary modern political parties within the United States, alongside its conservative right wing counterpart, the Republican Party. Tracing its roots back to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans, the present-day Democratic Party was established around 1828, making the Democratic Party the world's oldest and active party. (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Since the 1930's the party has been considered the foundation of classical liberalism (to some degree libertarianism within the United States). Within their liberal ideals, the party has promoted a social-liberal, center-left, platform. This platform continually supports a mixed economy and social justice. The Democrats' philosophy concerning modern American liberalism promotes the advocacy of economic and social equality alongside the welfare state. The stance of Democrats towards a mixed economy is done through offering government intervention as well as government regulation in American economy.

Looking at the party's background, the types of interventions vary but include the introduction and implementation of social programs, moves toward equal opportunity and universal health care, support for formation of labor unions, and consumer and environmental protection. Such form the fundamentals of the party's fiscal policy. Well into the tail end of the 1900's, the party shared a conservative pro-business wing that attracted robust support from European ethnics, the majority of which were Catholics. These Catholics were based in the main cities and encompassed a populist-conservative as well as evangelical wing established in the bucolic South.

After 1932 in addition to Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal," the commercial wing declined and, in three decades (from the 1960s-1990s) Southern whites as well as numerous European ethnics moved away from the Democratic party into the Republican Party. Currently, the congressional Democratic committee is composed regularly of centrists and progressives, with a lesser minority of conservatives. What once was a mixed assembly of supporters (from both liberal and conservative ideologies) transformed to mainly liberal. Although the Democratic Party has existed for over a century and a half, there have only been fifteen Democratic presidents. The first of which was Andrew Jackson, having served from 1829-1837. The most recent Democratic president was Barack Obama, having served since 2009.

In terms of current Democratic Party makeup, social liberals or modern liberals, and progressives create the majority of Democratic voter base and Democratic politicians. Liberals and liberalism thereby form the leading united demographic in the Democratic base. Conferring to the results from the 2012 exit polls, liberals made up 25% or a quarter of the electorate. (Firstprinciplesjournal.com) In addition, 86% of American liberals preferred the Democratic Party candidate. White-collar and college-educated professionals leaned more towards the Republican side until the 1950s. From the 1950's and onwards, they compose an important part of the Democratic Party.

Things a… [read more]


Welfare to Work Reforms and Political Philosophy Research Paper

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Mind Map and Analysis:

Work First Family Assistance Program (TANF)

How can public administrators provide the necessary tools to help individuals effectively transition off the Work First Family Assistance Program/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)?

Some aspects of the philosophy behind the Work First Family Assistance Program / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) seem consistent with theories of bureaucratic… [read more]


Has the Army Corps of Engineers Lived Up to Its Responsibilities Chapter Writing

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Revenue Source for a Public Safety Service

This document has as a goal to present current fiscal realities, asset conditions, and to pass along appropriate recommendations to mitigate related problems to the executives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or "the Corps"). Potential new revenue sources for public safety are needed. While it is true that the USACE is in need of new funding sources, it is also true that the Corps needs to firm up its reputation to show that it deserves to receive additional funding. To wit, the USACE needs tighten its belt, and it can be helped financially by entering into more public / private partnerships (PPP) than it currently is engaged with.

This paper delves into what the Corps needs to do to justify receiving additions sources of funding. The USACE manages, operates and conducts maintenance on roughly one-third of the water resource assets in the United States. Initially, the USACE was responsible for coastal navigation only. In time, Congress has expanded duties for USACE.

The expanded responsibilities Congress authorized included: a) hydropower generation; b) flood risk management; c) ecosystem restoration; and d) outdoor recreation (Institute for Water Resources - IWR). Under the umbrella of "outdoor recreation" the Corps builds "massive dams, extensive levee systems, and complex locks"; many are "reaching or exceeding their original lives" (IWR).

Meanwhile, because of the increasing age of its assets and its shrinking resources, the value of USACE capital stock has plummeted from $250 billion in 1980 to $165 billion in 2011. And with the ageing of assets the looming question of public safety comes into play. The levee break disaster in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina was just one example of what happens to USACE projects that have outlived their effectiveness (or perhaps were not properly designed at the outset. This document will highlight that dramatic example -- and other examples -- of outdated, aging infrastructures that have become the Achilles heel of the Corps reputation.

The Army Corps of Engineers' Needs & Ideas for Funding

The current sources of incoming revenue and the general funds provided to the USACE by Congress (American taxpayers) -- and other revenue sources -- have not kept up with the needs to maintain all the assets that the Corps is responsible for. With safety in mind, and fiscal accountability also at the forefront of this discussion, the Corps believes it can continue to operate and maintain all of its assets if creative ways can be achieved to bolster the available source of funds.

To that end, the Corps contracted with The Louis Berger Group (LBG) in 2013; the LBG was contracted to organize Alternative Finance Workshops using USACE Civil Works leadership along with outside consultants considered experts in generating new sources of money. Some of the options that were presented during these workshops were as follows: a) instituting concessions (or raising existing concession fees where it is practical) and leases at marinas, campgrounds and restaurants (that are under USACE jurisdiction); b)… [read more]


San Antonio Risk Assessment Research Paper

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Hazard Risk Assessment

The following is a hazard risk assessment of the area of San Antonio, Texas. The impacts of the risks and the efforts to minimize them shall also be assessed.

In the course of a risk assessment, hazards are assessed in terms of the possibility that an incident might occur and the damage it would cause in case… [read more]


Power of Judicial Review Term Paper

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Branches of Government: The Courts

The Founding Fathers were extremely concerned about the prospect of one branch of government dominating the others; they also believed in a system of relatively limited government. Thus the current American federal government is divided into three branches, as outlined in the Constitution. The legislative branch, in the form of the Senate and House of Representatives, drafts and passes laws. Congress also regulates spending and taxation and has the power to declare (and to allow funding for) wars as well as regulate interstate and foreign commerce ("Branches of government," 2016). The executive branch, which includes not only the president but also the vice-president and various cabinet officers, "is responsible for enforcing the laws of the land" ("Branches of government," 2016). The judicial branch, in contrast, interprets the laws made by the legislative branch and the methods of enforcement used by the executive branch. "According to the Constitution, "[t]he judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish" ("Branches of government," 2016).

The power of the courts lie in their ability to declare laws unconstitutional and to interpret laws. The Congress holds the power of the purse strings; the Chief Executive can exercise veto power over laws and is Commander in Chief of the armed forces (Kelly 2015). The concept of the courts' power of judicial review was first introduced with Marbury v. Madison. Although the court case largely revolved around legal technicalities, the critical concept of Chief Justice Marshall was that "when an act of Congress is in conflict with the Constitution, it is, Marshall said, the obligation of the Court to uphold the Constitution because, by Article VI, it is the 'supreme law of the land'" (McBride, 2007, "Marbury"). This was to act as an important additional check upon the executive branch in terms of setting policy and Congress in terms of crafting laws.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court has not always been universally obeyed regarding its decisions in regards to executive policy. In the case, of Worcester v. Georgia (1832), "[Chief Justice] Marshall infuriated Jackson by insisting that Georgia laws that purported to seize Cherokee lands on which gold had been found violated federal treaties" and Jackson simply ignored the decision (Rosen 2007). On the other hand, throughout its history, the U.S. Supreme Court has also ignored the evident wishes of Congress. After many years of debate in Congress regarding the issue of slavery, during the antebellum period with…… [read more]


Windfarms Grant Proposal for in Wellington Colorado Grant Proposal

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Grant Proposal for Windfarms in Fort Lauderdale, Southwest of Florida

In the United States, the prices of electricity will continue to rise since the electricity supplies depend on natural gas turbines. Over the next decade, approximately 272 gas plants are presumed to be connected to the grid, and the natural gas is projected to be unstable. Faced with this scenario,… [read more]


How Trump Will Affect the World if Elected Essay

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Trump and Comparative Politics

The election of Donald Trump as POTUS will be a serious political issue that will be the most important issue to impact comparative politics in the immediate future. The reason for this is that Trump is so polarizing and has cast himself in an oppositional stance to everything that the current administration has attempted to do. Trump opposes the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade deals, currently being touted by the Obama administration as necessary to global trade and business economics. He opposes the expansion of NATO, which he says is undermining America by allowing the U.S. to contribute more than the other member nations. He opposes the influx of immigrants from Mexico to the U.S. and has issued statements that he will build a wall between the two countries. He has spoken favorably of working with Putin to defeat ISIS and of working together with the Russian leader to effect deals, which is not something the current administration is doing. He has described Establishment leaders like William Kristol of The Weekly Standard and the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) as a "dummy loser" in his public tweets and thus taken an oppositional stance to the deeply-entrenched neo-conservative, neo-liberal apparatus in Washington. Trump's election would send shockwaves throughout the world.

One of the most important reasons why Trump's election would be felt throughout the world is that he has said that he will be very tough with China and has indicated several times that China is "screwing" the U.S. in trade. Trump's election could thus touch off a tariff war, trade embargoes, currency wars (as multiple countries engage in deflationary/inflationary tactics), and both hot- and cold- wars. Although Trump has stated that he will work with world leaders to overcome challenges, he has also made it clear that he will not be bullied or taken advantage…… [read more]