JOHN F. KERRY,
A. Discuss the extent to which questions of authenticity are
central to contemporary politics in the
B. Develop classroom debates over the following propositions:
Unquestioned loyalty to the nation during times of war is necessary to the
Resolved: Anti-war protests are a marker of patriotism.
C. Identify the criteria for legitimate war-time protests in
D. Discuss the ethics of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisements during the 2004 presidential election. Also, discuss the ethics of John Kerry's decision to protest a war that he fought in while his fellow soldiers were still fighting that war.
E. Does the credibility of a protester impact decisions about a protest's legitimacy? Should veterans protest a war that they fought in? Should members of Congress lead and participate in anti-war protests? Do some people have more legitimacy to protest than others (e.g., veterans, family members of soldiers)?
F. Discuss how important it is for presidents to have military experience to serve as the commander-in-chief in the post-September 11 era.
A. As a free lance writer in 1969, Seymour Hersh's wrote a series of articles on the
B. Compare the media coverage of the atrocities in
C. Discuss the relationship between the
D. Conduct a Lexis-Nexis search for the term "authenticity" in relation to the 2004 political election to determine how the term is used in relation to political candidates like Senator John F. Kerry and President George W. Bush as well as other candidates vying for political office during that election. Pay close attention to the ways in which the term is used in these political contexts. Whose authenticity is more likely to be challenged? Which candidates are assumed to be the most authentic? What appear to be the criteria used in discerning a candidate's authenticity?
E. Conduct an Internet search to determine to what extent veterans of more recent wars since Vietnam have returned from war to mobilize protests against the war, to create organizations that challenge the appropriateness of the war, or to raise awareness of the troubling conditions in which they fought.
F. Read President George Washington's Farewell Address
(1796) as he prepared to leave the presidency. Identify the ways in which his
arguments in this famous speech inform the debate about the appropriateness of internal
G. Read President Richard M. Nixon's November 3, 1969 address (also known as the Vietnamization speech) to determine how his portrayal of the "silent majority" is reflective in the administration's response to the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
A. Do an Internet search for groups that oppose war (e.g., U.S.-Iraq war). Identify the strategies of protest, the primary arguments against war, the means by which the leadership establishes the group's credibility on the issue, and the ways in which the leaders grapple with questions about the patriotism of the organization.
B. Do an Internet search for groups that support war or
C. Locate the Internet sites of your senators and representatives in the U.S. Congress to identify their positions on existing wars that either the United States is currently fighting (e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan) or that are taking place throughout other parts of the world. How do they justify their positions? Is the issue a key component of their issue page?
D. Some believe that the
E. Conduct an Internet search and try to identify the
policies for public protest in your city. Also, see if you can identify such
policies within other larger cities of your state or the nation's capitaló
F. Review the web site of an archival depository like the Library of Congress, the National Archives, a presidential library, or a state historical society and identify the ways that such sites provide resources for research projects related to the study of public discourse.
G. Some believe that it is not appropriate for the private
workings of presidential administrations to become public because it can
negatively affect how other people throughout the world view the
H. By conducting an Internet search, identify the processes