Assignment 1 Discussion Analyzing Implications

Assignment1: Discussion Analyzing Implications

Assignment1: Discussion Analyzing Implications


Inthe article entitled, “Wethe People”Terry Eastland presents an argument about the new rule, which allowsthe House to consider the constitution in its deliberations. Promisedin September and delivered by the Republicans’ Promise to America,the new rule requires that any bill that is presented must beescorted by a declaration outlining the precise authority given tothe Congress (by the Constitution) under which the law may be passed.The author cites examples from court cases and instances where thenew rule has been applied. He raises the question of whether themembers of the Congress who take an oath to protect and obey theConstitution live up to this promise when they pass an act withoutbearing in mind their lawful right to enact it (Eastland, 2011).Given that Americans govern themselves under their constitution, thearguments surrounding the new rule raises concerns regarding theconstitutionality of the laws passed. One implication of thisargument regards the question of the role of the Supreme Court in thelegislation process. For instance, the ruling of the case UnitedStates v. Lopez points to the limitless nature of the congressionalpower (Kanovitz, 2014).


Themain argument presented by Cohen in his article entitled,“Surveillance:Cozy or Chilling?”regards the privacy of citizens and their expectations in light ofthe advanced technology. Citing a discussion that emerged between twoSupreme Court Justices who were in the process of considering whetherthe police officers needed the warrant to place a GPS tracking deviceon the car of a suspect, the author argues that the contemporary ideaof privacy can itself be regarded as metaphorical (Cohen, 2013). TheStreet View Program run by Google, the software cookies, which permitcompanies like Amazon and Facebook to track the activities of anindividual across the Internet, and government surveillance at theNational Security Agency, has made the subject of privacy appearfigurative. The implication of this argument is that the question ofanticipation of privacy needs to be reviewed. The author suggeststhat digital privacy has become difficult to define and the SupremeCourt ruling may offer precedence.


Cohen,N. (2013, December 15). Surveillance: Cozy or chilling?. TheNew York Times,p. SR.6. Retrieved from

Eastland,T. (2011, January 17). We the people.The Weekly Standard,16(17). Retrieved from

Kanovitz,J. (2014). ConstitutionalLaw.New York: Routledge.