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Homework: Assignment 2 Policymaking Application Assignment due Monday the 9th AP Government and Politics Wilson Chapter 18 The Politics of Civil Liberties Why is there often controversy surrounding the issue of civil liberties in the US?
The Politics of Civil Liberties • Civil Liberties vs. Civil Rights • CR – struggle for freedom from discrimination • CL – constitutional protection of individuals against government • Can you provide examples? • Civil Liberties are protected in 4 ways • Body of the US Constitution – examples? • Legislation (Voting Rights Act, for example) • Court Decisions (Brown, Roe, etc.) • The Bill of Rights, especially amendments 1-8 and the 14th
Conflict over Civil Liberties • Why is there often controversy surrounding the issue of civil liberties in the US? • Usually the issues we grapple over do not apply to or affect a significant number of people • Conflicts exist over: • Duties and Rights – • Specifically those in the Bill of Rights, but also those we “believe” we have; some actually compete with one another • Culture: • Political or otherwise – what does it mean to be an “American”? • Certain situations may give rise to policy entrepreneurs who advocate for limiting rights • The Cold War and McCarthyism, for example • Wartime is most common