#98     Election of 1992   ch 26

Last Update: April 8, 2014

OK PASS Objectives

1.  President George Bush sought reelection on a platform of traditional values, free enterprise, patriotism, and a strong military defense.  In the glow of  Gulf War triumph, he looked unbeatable.

2.  Bill Clinton (Democrat) and Ross Perot (Independent)  campaigned on an imaginary media-led economic crisis.

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J. Compare and contrast conservative and liberal economic strategies, including the positions of political parties and interest groups  on major issues to the present.


3.  With the Republican Party split between Bush and Perot, Clinton won the election.

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F. Identify the contributions of political leaders, political activists, and major trends in national elections (e.g., differences between the two major political parties, and the rise of third party candidates
How did  Clinton represent the children of the 1960s?  p. 637
like a few other young men during the Vietnam War, he had dodged military service and participated in anti-war demonstrations in Great Britain

The Government's principal argument was that the possession of a firearm in an educational environment would most likely lead to a violent crime, which in turn would affect the general economic condition in one of two ways: first, because violent crime causes damage and creates expense, it raises insurance costs, which are spread throughout the economy; and second, by limiting the willingness to travel in the area perceived to be unsafe. The Government also argued that the presence of firearms within a school would be seen as dangerous, resulting in students' being scared and disturbed; this would, in turn, inhibit learning; and this, in turn, would lead to a weaker national economy since education is obviously an important element of the nation's economic health.

The Court, however, found these arguments to create a dangerous slippery slope: what would prevent the federal government from then regulating any activity that might lead to violent crime, regardless of its connection to interstate commerce, because it imposed social costs? What would prevent Congress from regulating any activity that might bear on a person's economic productivity?


Alfonso Lopez, Jr. was a 12th grade student at Edison High School in San Antonio, Texas. On March 10, 1992 he carried a concealed .38 caliber revolver, along with five cartridges, into the school. He was confronted by school authorities and admitted to having the weapon. Eventually he was charged with violation of the federal[3] Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 (the "Act"),

United States v. Alfonso Lopez, Jr., 514 U.S. 549 (1995) was the first United States Supreme Court case since the New Deal to set limits to Congress's power under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

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I. Analyze how the principles and structures of the United States Constitution have changed through amendment and judicial interpretation



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Clinton button: http://www.utexas.edu/features/archive/2004/graphics/election_policy6.jpg