Discussion Blog #2

Blogs are worth 10 points each in the class. One is due nearly every week in the class, by Saturday night. Here is how they will be evaluated.

1) Use proper grammar. Anywhere between 0.5 to 9 points may be deducted for this, depending on the severity of the writing. A blog post that is very poorly written, to the point of incomprehensible, could have 6-9 points deducted.

2) Answer the question, or the task directed towards each student, clearly and succinctly. This means students should be consistent in their organization of a blog post. It also means students are following the specific instructions and guidelines specified in the blog. One common mistake I see in blogs is that students research a federal program (or plan, entity, etc.) instead of a state or local program (or plan, entity, etc.). Avoid this mistake. Anywhere between 0.5 to 9 points may be deducted for this, depending on the severity.

3) Prove to me that you understand the task being presented to you, and most importantly, that you did quality research to understand the issue and provide an answer. Anywhere between 0.5 to 9 points may be deducted for not following this guideline, depending on the severity.

4) Do not plagiarize. Your blog will be a zero if it is partially or fully copied from the Internet or directly from another source. See syllabus for more details.

5). Properly cite and reference the materials in the Blog. When students use materials from an outside source, they should use both parenthetical citations and then reference the source completely after their Blog post is finished. Parenthetical citations may look like this (Jones 2016). References may look like this:

Jones, A. 2016. “A state crisis in the making.” The Indianapolis Star. Accessed from www.cite_full_website_here.com. Anywhere between 0.5 to 3 points may be deducted for violating proper citations and/or references. The references are not part of the minimum word count.


Chapter 1 addresses political culture in some detail.  We know that the U.S. is diverse in its opinions, people, and interests.  President Obama echoed this sentiment in his 2016 State of the Union address.  He stated, “A better politics doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything. This is a big country — different regions, different attitudes, different interests. That’s one of our strengths, too. Our Founders distributed power between states and branches of government, and expected us to argue, just as they did, fiercely, over the size and shape of government, over commerce and foreign relations, over the meaning of liberty and the imperatives of security.”

In another way, President Trump in his inauguration address said “It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.”

In Chapter 1 of the textbook, page 17, the authors have a map of the U.S. outlining the different political cultures dominating the counties in America. Your task for this blog is to identify your home county, identify the culture, and describe the accuracy of that description. You may have to do some greater research on what rurban, heartland, or garmanic means. These descriptions can be found in the attached document. Look for the yellow highlighted words in the attached document. The vast majority of your grade will be evaluated based on how well you understand the culture identified and matched it to the unique characteristics of your home county.  In addition to describing your own county culture, you may also write about how your home county does not fit the other cultures well.

This blog post should be between 400 and 500 words of substantive value in length.  Proper grammar is expected.  Do not attach a Word document as your answer.  Type your answer in the Blackboard text box.  Students should not copy and paste content from the Internet or the assigned reading.  Original writing is expected.  Student blog responses are due by 11:59 pm on Saturdays). If you use outside sources (besides the attached document), make sure you cite it and reference it (see rubric for more details).

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