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040 - Political Parties
Transcript of 040 - Political Parties
The Democratic Party is a liberal party that generally believes in the following:
Purpose of a Political Party
A political party is a group of citizens, who have similar political ideologies and views on government, who seek to elect like-minded individuals to public office.
By electing individuals to office, political parties hope to resolve political & social conflicts through policy formulation and promotion. In order to elect these individuals, political parties help to raise money and promote electioneering from its followers.
Current Political Situation in the US
Currently, the American political landscape is dominated a two-party system consisting of the
(modern party formed in 1828) and the
(formed in 1854).
There are smaller third parties in the United States who control a very limited number of elected seats. Some of these include the
Basic Structure of Political Parties
Lowest level of a political party
; concerns small areas within cities or towns like neighborhoods.
The Ward Level concerns political activity within the
legislative districts of cities
and towns; made up of precincts.
Political level of state or national legislative districts like
State Political Committees organize
and support the national organization.
National Committee coordinate national fund raising efforts as well as supporting presidential candidates.
Higher Minimum Wage
Support Gay Marriage
Oppose Death Penalty
Decreased Military Spending
Expanding Social Programs
Sometimes called the "
," the Republican Party is a conservative party that generally believes the following:
Less Intrusive Government
Lower Minimum Wage
Opposes Gay Marriage
Supports Death Penalty
Increased Military Spending
Decreasing the size of Social Programs