American Political Culture

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A good two hundred years ago, the Framers of the Constitution devised a representative democratic system to govern the United States. This system was based on a number of underlying concepts and distinguishing characteristics that could possibly conflict with one another from time to time. Broken down, political culture is the shared beliefs and core values of the human population about how government should operate. For example, American political culture is the value of personal liberty, equality, popular consent and majority rule, popular sovereignty, civil society, and individualism. These six characteristics of the U.S. democracy are the basic concepts that were written into the Constitution. As stated by Dennis Kavanagh, political culture is, “a shorthand expression to denote the set of values with which the political system operates.” Or, in other terms, how we think our government should be carried out. There are six main characteristics In the American political culture. One of these six is personal liberty, which, in my opinion, is one of the most important. Once again, the system of American political culture can be defined as commonly shared beliefs and core values about how government should operate. Personal liberty is emphasized by many different things. To state an example, the guaranty of life and liberty was written in The Constitution. Also, The Framers wanted Americans to have freedom of religion and speech, as well as freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. Personal liberty is emphasized in American political culture not only by the expansion of Americans’ concept of liberty to include demands for freedom, but also by debates being carried out over how much the government should do to guarantee these rights.

The concept of equality is also an important characteristic of American Political Culture. Equality can be defined as the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability....
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