The Group

  1. What disadvantages do modern-day pioneers in battles over equality face? Is the fame they gain for being first worth the price they must pay from their opponents?

2. Revolving door” laws prohibit public officials from lobbying activities for one year after they leave office. Do you think one year is a sufficient period of time to discourage public officials from making decisions in office that might affect their future financial gain?

3.  Although the elections of Kennedy and Obama opened up opportunities for Catholics and African Americans, many demographic groups have still never achieved the presidency. In thinking ahead to the elections of 2016 and 2020, can you identify any possible candidates from these other groups-perhaps women, Asians, or Jewish candidates-who might break through yet another glass ceiling?

4.  Can one justify the assassination of foreign leaders (military or otherwise)other thanthose recognized by the international community to be mass murders? Are there any foreign leaders in place today whose assassination would be welcome world-wide? Who are they?