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American Government and Politics

"Dr. Scheb teaches the introductory undergraduate course in U.S. Government and Politics as well as a graduate seminar in American government.  He has also co-authored a textbook entitled American Government: Politics and Political Culture, which is now in its fourth edition. 


capital“[T]he great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers [of the government] in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department, the necessary constitutional means, and personal motives, to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?”

-James Madison, Federalist No. 51.


“The question America confronts as a pluralistic society is how to vindicate cherished cultures and traditions without breaking the bonds of cohesion--common ideals, common political institutions, common language, common culture, common fate--that hold the republic together.”

-Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Disuniting of America (New York: Norton, 1992), p. 138.