Overview1. The Founding: Debating the Constitution. 2. Democracy: Overrated or Undervalued? 3. The New Federalism: Does It Create Laboratories of Democracy or a Race to the Bottom? 4. Immigration: Does It Strengthen or Threaten American Democracy? 5. Political Economy: How Democratic Is the Free Market Economy? 6. Civil Liberties: Is Corporate Spending on Elections the Equivalent of Free Speech? 7. Civil Rights: Debating Same-Sex Marriage. 8. Church-State Relations: Was the United States Founded as a Christian Nation? 9. Digital Media: Do They Expand or Shrink Democracy? 10. Political Polarization: How Divided Are We? 11. Campaigns and Elections: Do Negative Ads Damage Democracy? 12. The Federal Budget: Is the Deficit a Threat to the Nation? 13. Congress: Can Our Representatives Serve the Public Good? 14. The Presidency: How Much Difference Does the Individual Make? 15. The Judiciary: How Should It Interpret Our Constitution? 16. Economic Inequality: A Threat to Democracy? 17. Foreign Policy: Has the United States Become an Imperial Power?