Sunday, October 4, 2009

Controversial topic

For my political science class I must write a 3-4 page paper on a controversial topic concerning a constitutional amendment. When I finish the paper, I will condense it into a blog post or an article for our news paper. I will probably be posting things I find from my research too, so look out for it in the next couple weeks.

Before I can do any of this I must pick a topic, so does anyone have any ideas for a topic? Right now I'm thinking of Plaxico Burress and the Second Amendment or California and the Tenth Amendment (Marijuana). Any suggestions will be much appreciated.


  1. The second and the tenth would have been my suggestion. Doesn't the health care reform "individual mandate" (requirement to buy insurance on pain of a fine and possible prison sentence) potentially involve ten amendment issues? And how about Obama's proposed federal "distracted driving" law -- prohibiting texting and cell phone use while driving. Neither of these seem to be justifiable on the basis of the interstate commerce clause.

  2. You could write on the 5th Amendment and the BS that is Eminent Domain. Here' s the most egregious abuse of the power, taken from Wikipedia:

    The Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) affirmed New London’s authority to take non-blighted private property by eminent domain, and then transfer it for a dollar a year to a private developer solely for the purpose of increasing municipal revenues. This 5-4 decision received heavy press coverage and inspired a public outcry that eminent domain powers were too broad.

    The redevelopment in New London, that was the subject of the Kelo decision, proved to be a failure and as of the summer of 2009 (over four years after the court's decision) nothing has been built on the taken land in spite of the expenditure of some $80 million in public funds.

  3. What about the 16th amendment - income tax? BTW, i heard that 47% of americans won't be paying an income tax this year. Talk about a socialist nation we live in.

  4. I would do Plaxico Burress. The guy got two years in prison....for carrying a gun. Donte Stallworth killed a guy, and he got 30 days. Only in America.

    Or go with what Barry said. The 17th amendment, very important, and often times goes unnoticed.