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Politics, Political Systems, & Constitution

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Politics, Political Systems, & Constitution GOVT 2306

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Going into detail about the origin of politics, where political systems came from, and the history behind the Texas Constitution
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Malcolm Cross
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Gov. Notes September 1  2016:  Politics:  The process by which society determines who gets what from government.  4 types of policies: 1. Extractions ­> the government is taking it  Ex: Our money. Taxes, user fees. Jail. Death penalty.  ­ Some get more extractions from others 2. Regulations ­>  Ex: Driving age, speed limit, drinking age. Education        requirements. Tests to take. Who to marry & how many spouses.  3. Distributions ­> distribution of products and where to distribute it Ex: Where schools are going to be located. Jobs are provided and  more economics.  ­ Both good and bad are distributed.  4. Redistributions ­> takes from some & gives to others Ex: takes wages & gives to social security & Medicare.  Political System:  All persons, organizations, & activities who determine who gets what from the  government.  Persons: Judges, Senators, voters, public officials. Activities: Voting, law suits, paying taxes.  Organizations: Senate, courts.  Texas Constitution:  It has designed a government that taxes less and spends less compared to other  states. Written to keep the government weak and limited.  Based on the U.S Constitution.  ­ Settled by Anglo Americans. Independent Republic of Texas.  Anglo ­> decedents of a German tribe. Today: any white  Texan.  ­ 3 branches of government.  U.S Constitution based on the Constitution of England.  ­ Spent most of their time in England before going to the U.S. ­ A commitment to constitutional government (NOT government w/ a    written constitution. IS: limited government. Government that recognizes limits  what can be done to people and what limits the people.) ­ How are these limits achieved? 1. Aristotle: thinking of how to get a constitutional government.  You can have government by one person, few people, or a lot of people.  Constitutional:  Monarchy (1 person) ­> screw the people ­> unconstitutional government  ­> tyranny headed by a tyrant.  Aristocracy (few people) ­> screw the people ­> oligarchy (Latin  American countries. To get more wealth.).  Polity (many) ­> don’t care about the law ­> Ochlocracy (Mob Rule). Solution: Mixed government. To have truly constitutional government:  have a monarch, partly aristocracy, & an institution representing the people.  (Beginning of the checks & balances way of thinking). 


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