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Deadly Crash: A helicopter crash in the Iraqi desert kills 31 Marines. We’ll have the details from correspondent Dana Lewis in Baghdad.

Talking to the Press: President Bush (search) in the first press conference of his second term discussed his agenda for the next four years, which included Sunday’s elections in Iraq and Social Security reform among other issues. Wendell Goler has reports from the White House.

Becoming a Democracy: So just how difficult will Iraq’s transition to a democracy be after the election? We’ll ask Brett McGurk, former Coalition Provisional Authority (search) legal advisor.

Political Gain: Despite stiff resistance from some top democrats, Condoleezza Rice (search) will be the next secretary of state after the Senate voted to confirm Rice Wednesday morning. Were some of the more vocal critics using the contentious confirmation process for their own political gain? James Rosen investigates.

French Connection: France's counterterrorism agency has detained ten suspects after raids in northern Paris. The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into a network suspected of sending French Islamic militants (search) to Iraq to attack U.S. troops. Greg Palkot in Paris has the details of the arrest.

Teens and Sex: A new study that looks at teen attitudes towards sex has some stunning findings. We’ll discuss teenage sexual behavior with Dr. Mark Schuster, director of the UCLA Rand Center for Adolescent Health Promotion.

Tuesday Show Follow-up:

Tuesday on “DaySide,” we told you about a Muslim student who is studying at Foothill College (search) in California who says his professor flunked him for expressing pro-American views on an exam. The teacher also told him he should get psychological help and gave him a doctor's number. Well, that prompted a massive response from viewers and requests to see the student’s exam that we’re including below:

Question from the Exam

Question No. 3: Dye and Zeigler contend that the constitution of the United States was not “ordained and established” by “the people” as we have so often been led to believe. They contend instead that it was written by a small educated and wealthy elite in America who representative of powerful economic and political interests. Analyze the US constitution (original document), and show how its formulation excluded majority of the people living in America at that time, and how it was dominated by America’s elite interest.

Ahmad Al-Qloushi's Essay

Ahmad Al-Qloushi
Poli 01.02
Fall Quarter ‘04
Prof. Woolcock
T.A Travis Boetcher
Certification: I certify that this paper meets all the requirements of the honor code at Foothill College.

Dye and Zeigler contend that the constitution of the United States was not “ordained and established” by “the people” as we have so often been led to believe. They contend instead that it was written by small educated and wealthy elite in America who were representative of powerful economic and political interests. This paper will CRITICALLY analyze the US constitution and how it was a progressive document FOR ITS TIME. And how it symbolizes and embodies what America is today a just and democratic society where all men and women are created equal and that men and women are free to pursue their own happiness and fulfillment.

I completely disagree with Dye and Zeigler’s contention that the founding father had ONLY their best interests at heart and that that the constitution of the United States was a progressive document for its time compared to the aristocratic monarchies of Western Europe (excluding Britain). The American constitution worried monarchs in Europe. The right for men to choose their own representatives was unheard of in the rest of the world. Yet in a young country which freed itself from the shackles of the greatest empire of the time. The founding fathers were stalwart heroes who led the brave young men of this great land and in order to establish a democracy maybe not a direct or perfect democracy but one that guarantees the freedom of its citizens. It is ludicrous to assume that a direct democracy can succeed in the United States. Yet in the last ballots of November 2nd 2004 the people of the United States DID get a chance of influencing their political decisions in their country and that is thanks to the US constitution established by the great men of America like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. These men paved the way for what America is today the country of opportunity and freedom. These men were men of nationalism and men who took great pride in formulating what is today the greatest country in the world and thank god that it is so. Because of America the world is free. America vanquished Nazi Germany. America helped establish the great nation of Israel a democratic society in a troubled region. America freed Japan and South Korea. America freed Kuwait and now is currently in a fight to free Iraq and its 25,000,000 residents and vanquish the tyranny and monstrosity of Saddam Hussein. The US constitution and the Founding Fathers helped build the foundation to which all this was established.

It is through the efforts of America’s great leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, current President Bush and most importantly the American troops who risked their lives for the freedom of America and the freedom of others that this country is so great and prosperous.

The US constitution might have required many amendments for its to catch up with modern times but no nation had a constitution which challenged the US in terms of equality and freedom at that particular time which made the document a very sophisticated one for its time a document which was feared by monarchs as being “too progressive”. It’s because of the American constitution and the American “elites” that Dye and Zeigler could critique this constitution and Americas Founding Fathers. It is because of America’s constitution that thousands of people wish to live there and walk amongst the free. “The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” President Thomas Jefferson.

The United States constitution might have excluded the majority of people at the time. But it progressed and America like every nation in the world progressed and became a greater nation the constitution is now a document held in great esteem by Americans the Founding Fathers of America are greatly enshrined in dollar bills and the American people are proud of their country and history.

It is the American constitution that helps the American government to solve its problems in legal ways and in ways that will bring true American justice and resolve. The American foundation was built by the American constitution and the Founding Fathers and nothing can destroy these foundations.

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” President George W Bush.

America is a nation which has survived problems and many attacks on its soil yet the American will did not hesitate. America stood its ground and the Founding Fathers are the ones who built the Foundation that this ground were built upon. It is wonderful to have the freedom to argue Dye and Zeigler contentions and that is also due to the US constitution.

If the constitution was so negative then how did the United States the most powerful nation in the world today. If it was so negative how did the Soviet Union collapse in the Cold War? The United States constitution is a great document which for its time was extremely progressive and the evidence to the that is the United States’ accomplishments to date.

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