Pol 201 Week 5 Bd

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WEEK 5
DISCUSSION 1

Political parties mobilize voters to win elections and implement policy goals. Parties use their stated policy goals (i.e., their platforms) as a way to mobilize voter support. Generally, in order to be successful in a two-party system, parties must have policy goals across a broad range of issue areas to appeal to a broad range of voters.

For this discussion, you will identify one issue area that you want investigate. Use the resources required for this discussion to gather information about the goals and proposals, in that issue area, of three political parties – the Democratic and Republican parties and a third party.

In your initial post of at least 200-250 words, summarize each of the three parties’ policy goals in your issue area.  Compare and contrast the parties' goals in that area. Evaluate each party's goals from two perspectives: * Your own political philosophy, values or ideology.

* How effective each party's goals are likely to be in mobilizing voters to support the party's candidates on the national level. In making your assessment from this perspective, consider what influence the factors which underlie the two-party system have on each party's ability to use its policy proposals to generate voter support.

       For this discussion I have chosen stem cell research as my issue area. Stem cell research is a controversial research that uses cells from human embryos to potentially cure diseases. Stem cells can be found in almost every multi cellular living organism on the planet. It plays a crucial and irreplaceable part in our growth from embryonic development to adulthood. Stem cells are classified as undifferentiated cells, one that has yet to evolve or be assigned to a specific function by the host body. A stem cell would continue to divide, through the process of mitosis, until it eventually matures into a differentiated cell, which would either be committed as a building block for the hosts, or used in a...
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