High School Students Take Part In Union League’s ‘Good Citizen Day’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Nearly 300 area high school juniors took part in a day-long program at the Union League, and City Hall, for spirited discussions on the Constitution. It was part of The Youth Work Foundation of the Union League’s “Good Citizen Day.”

In the ornate Lincoln Room at the Union League, WPHT Talk Show Host Chris Stigall and national security expert Edward Turzanski spoke to the group about various constitutional issues.

Then the students split up into smaller groups, for breakout sessions, role-playing and discussions centered on various topics, according to Youth Work Foundation Executive Director John Meko.

“They have to take one side or the other, and they have to do it based on the law and the constitution, said Meko. “This is not about how you feel.”

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On President Trump’s Executive Order suspending entry into the United States from seven majority Muslim countries, 17-year-old Joseph Impagliazzo of Unionville supported Mr. Trump.

“In his mind, he is defending us, and we elected him to make this decision,” said Joseph.

17-year-old Skylar Myers of Norristown was against the travel ban executive order.

“You could argue it’s for protection, but it goes against religious freedom,” said Skylar.

After the two students presented their arguments, the entire room voted, by show of hands, and they were evenly split on whether the travel ban was constitutional.

They were also split on whether the president should be elected by popular vote or the Electoral College.

But most of the room opposed a public college ban on “hate speech,” agreeing the First Amendment has long protected speech, even if it’s deeply offensive.

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  1. A survey of Pennsylvania voters in 2008 showed 78% overall support for a national popular vote for President.

    The National Popular Vote bill is 61% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.
    Candidates, as in other elections, would allocate their time, money, polling, organizing, and ad buys roughly in proportion to the population

    Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
    No more distorting, crude, and divisive and red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes, that don’t represent any minority party voters within each state.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
    All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

    In 2017, the bill has passed the New Mexico Senate.
    The bill was approved in 2016 by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).
    Since 2006, the bill has passed 35 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes.
    The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the way to guaranteeing the presidency to the candidate with the most popular votes in the country


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