AP Government Ruling My Daily Thoughts

Since AP US Government has begun, the information that I have learned has spilled over into my daily life. From classes at school, to watching the news, to hearing my family’s conversations, AP US Government has begun to influence the way I view my everyday surroundings.

At St. Cecilia Academy, the school I attend, it is normal to discuss politics as it relates to our everyday lives. St. Cecilia is a Catholic school, so one can imagine that in the last year how the topic of politics has come up more often in theology classes with the new health care mandate. AP US Government has given me the knowledge to filter through what is told to me by my religion teachers and understand what is constitutional and what is not. St. Cecilia is located on what is known as the Dominican Campus in Nashville. On the Dominican Campus, Aquinas College, a catholic college, is also located along with Overbrook School, a Catholic grade school.  Recently, Aquinas College along with six other Middle Tennessee Catholic institutions filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the mandate within the Affordable Care Act requiring that businesses provide their employees with contraceptives and other sterilization processes. If one has any notion about the Catholic faith, he or she would understand how these medical treatments are not in agreement centuries of teachings within Catholicism. (If you want to read more about it, here is a good link: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120913/NEWS01/309130042/Nashville-Diocese-sues-over-health-law-s-insurance-mandate-contraceptives-morning-after-pills)  Knowing of this and the Catholic faith along with having the intelligence that I have gained from AP Government, I am able to make what I believe is a just decision in what to believe is right or wrong about this situation.

Today, the US government is in constant turmoil over national debt and the consistent threat of the government being shut down due to unpassed budgets or bills. When I hear this on the news (which I happened to a few days ago) I no longer have to turn to my dad and ask him why this could happen. AP Government has enlightened my mind on the workings of our government and how/why things occur. Also, during this election, I have become aware through AP Government of how the United States was not originally intended to only be a two-party system. As my AP US History teacher describes it, the founding fathers would be “rolling over in their graves” if they knew the United States had become a two-party system. By primary documents I have read in AP Government, I know that the electoral college was invented with the intention that no single person would win by majority because there would be multiple parties running. Today, this is obviously not the case.

My family is very wide on the political spectrum. I have family members whose political beliefs range from liberal to conservative. One can imagine that when the topic of politics comes up at family gatherings, tensions rise substantially because of this wide spectrum of beliefs. However, when this does occur now, I feel much more confident in my political beliefs and that my beliefs make sense with the constitution. AP Government has also made me feel as if I am “freer” of the typical stigma that children only follow their parents political beliefs. It is amazing what an understanding of the constitution and inner workings of the government can do for you.



  1. How exciting to hear of the ways this class is impacting your everyday life. I can imagine that conversations at home are not only livelier, but also that you can now confidently offer arguments to support your opinions. Well done!

    Karen Douse
    OSG Academic Dean


  2. I think it is so great that you have taken so much away from this online class! I can tell that you understand a great deal about the political spectrum and what is going on around us. Doesn’t it feel good to be able to cary a educated conversation with your elders about the world today? Keep learning and growing.
    Kacey Harbison
    a student at The University of South Alabama


  3. Hello Annelise, I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama . I really am happy to see someone so young interested in politics. Not many people care what’s going on around them till it’s to late. I know your parents are proud. I also have been paying attention to what’s going on around me. I read the online news and watch the debates. I have learn so much. I hope you keep up the good work and keep moving forward. Good luck in the future.


  4. Hi Annelise,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. While reading your post, I have learned so much because I never knew that “Catholic faith, he or she would understand how these medical treatments are not in agreement centuries of teachings within Catholicism.” I glad that you are into politics. I am one person who really doesn’t keep up with politics. I am glad that you are taking what you learn in class and putting to your everyday life. Love your blog!


  5. Hi Annelise,

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I am so thrilled to see that you are enjoying your online AP US Government course. It is wonderful to see that you are carrying your knowledge outside of the classroom. There are very few people in the younger generations that care about politics. Since your family is very broad on the political spectrum it allows you to see many styles and personalities. I’m sure! I really enjoyed reading your blog post, and keep up the good work!

    Kayla Walker


  6. Hey there Annelise!

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama as well. I feel like our families would get along great! My family is also Catholic and the political beliefs range from ultra-conservative to super liberal. They are the reason I make it a point to know what is going on in politics. Just like you said, it is a relief to be able to hold your own and not have to ask “What is going on?!” when the politics conversation gets started. You are also independent in saying you want to form your own opinion instead of following what your parents believe in. I really enjoyed this post and I will definitely be checking back for more! Keep up the great work.

    Best wishes,


  7. Hello Annelise,
    My name is Sidney Jensen and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in a class for future teachers called EDM 310. Firstly, thank you for your post, I enjoyed it. It is a little frustrating that people are not using their power to change their own future. I think that the main reason that the younger generation are not voting as often as they did is because they feel that they can’t change anything. Washington seems like a very far off and untouchable compared to the problems that face us day to day like “How am I gonna pay for dinner tomorrow?” I have often felt very insignificant, but the truth is that we need to see past our feelings of being small and make the big choices. Please keep up trying to light other peoples fires for voting and I truly hope that I can be a teacher whose subject bleeds over into his student’s lives. Feel free to write me a few lines on my blog at http://jensensidneyedm310.blogspot.com/.


  8. Annelise,
    I am also I student at the University of South Alabama. I am in EDM310 which is an education class mostly online. It teaches us about technology in the classroom.

    I also used to have to ask my parents what was going on in the political debates. They were always so boring to me, and I always ended up falling asleep on the couch. Now, that is totally different. I am thrilled that your class has changed your everyday life so much. It is very important for young people to know what is going on in our government. I hope there are more like you who are interested in our country’s future.

    Keep up the great work! Have a good rest of your school year!


  9. Hi Annelise,

    I am Keiko Ito and a students in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed to read your post. I can learn what I had never know from your post. You have great critical thing skill. You could well think what is going around us.

    Keep up your great work!

    Keiko Ito


  10. Annelise, I too am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM 310, a class for future educators. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. Tiptoeing the line between stating political facts and your opinions can be tricky, but you executed it as well as a professional journalist. I completely agree with your summation that the two party system was not what the founding fathers had in mind. Unfortunately, bipartisan politics doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. Keep up the good work!


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