Government Notes

Topics: Thomas Nast, Democratic Party, Political philosophy Pages: 3 (309 words) Published: February 7, 2013
-Politics: Decision making
conflict resolution
compromise
-Political Parties
Issue oriented: parties that exist because of a particular issue (Example: The right to life party) Principle oriented: parties that exist because of many issues (Example: Republicans/ Democrats) -Political Ideology: A perspective, or opinion

Social: personal choices
Economic: related to money or taxing
Legal: related to laws, and regulations
-Democrats: Donkey, because of Andrew Jackson a stubborn president using veto power referred to as a Jackass, Thomas Nast famous political cartoonist, and depicted the democrats as Donkeys. -Republicans: Elephant, republicans call the elephant strong and dignified. -Political Platform: Series of positions on a variety of political issues usually aimed at promoting a certain candidate

determined at National Party Conventions
-Political Spectrum: a way to identify all political ideologies with a visual reference

-Factors that Shape Political Ideology: Economic background (income), religion, location, age, education, race, gender, friends and people around you, parents, mass media, family (most influential). -Liberal

Government intervention are the means to help the disadvantaged achieve greater equality Big government at the Federal (national) level.
Quick to change government
Do not want government involved in lifestyle or social issues large government role in economics
Examples: Democrat, green party

Conservatives
Concentrate power at the State level
Slow change in the government
Larger role in lifestyle, and social issues
Smaller government role in economics
“The best government governs the least” (Thomas Jefferson) Republicans, Tea Party, Libertarians
Moderate
Tolerant of many views
Some republican views, some democratic views
“Wait and see” attitude
Most of America
Radical
Rapid, fundamental (change all things) changes.
Will use extreme measures like violence, and...
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