The United States has had multiple political parties since 1789; there are 5 major parties, which are Federalist, Democratic Republican, National Republican, Democratic, Wing, and Republican. From these five parties the ones who decide really decide in national politics are Democratic and Republican Parties. There are also many other notable third parties such as the Libertarian Party, Green Party and Constitution Party, (Bong & Smith 227) but they don’t usually have anybody represent them in the White House.
The Differences Between Our Political Parties
America is a land of very diverse people from all parts of the world. They all have wide varieties of interests, which are represented by both parties of its political system. The Democrats and Republicans represent two different standpoints; although they concentrate on the same issues both of them have different views on how the issues should be addressed. Two presidential campaigns in which the parties’ candidates differed on the issues are that of 1988 and 1996. Democracy only works when the people who represent the masses differ on the issues, so that to protect our freedom and the parties of our political system are the best representation of this ideology.
Powerful. Representative. Influential. These are some of the various words that are utilized to describe how political parties have been and continue to be a dominating force in American politics. Political parties have established organization throughout society by creating a two party system, the Democrats and the Republicans, within institutions as well as the general public. Over the years, political parties have been an essential aspect of American politics and have given American citizens an opportunity to express their opinions. Political parties provide all eligible citizens the opportunity to participate in politics by selecting a party that best defines and implements their views. In addition, political parties play an important role in educating American citizens and encouraging them to vote. Political parties also allow America to sustain a democratic form of government, in which the people have a voice that matters. The formation of political parties has contributed to America becoming a democracy and has helped to ensure that America does not develop into a dictatorship. Therefore, political parties are beneficial for American politics and have a positive impact on society by uniting and organizing Americans with similar political viewpoints, mobilizing voters, and striving to maintain a democracy to protect America from a dictatorship.
Growing up, I have always heard my parents discuss their political party preferences on many different issue. There are many differences between the two major political parties Democratic and Republican. Each one of those parties has their own beliefs and they can be similar, but some may be different in many different issues. With time, personal experience, and with reading on many different issues, I have realized that I am more of a liberal democrat and not a conservative republican. I looked at each parties beliefs on the issues of welfare, abortion, gun control, education and defense spending. .
Rosenstone, Steven J., Roy L. Behr, and Edward H. Lazarus. Third Parties in America. 2nd ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
In Sinclair’s analysis, voters, political activists, and politicians all play significant roles in creating and enforcing the ideological gap between the two major parties in Congress. This trend of polarization is rooted in the electorate
Prominent among the many controversial issues and themes that significantly appeal to the United States political culture is the concept of polarization. With careful scrutiny into the US political history, one may come to determine that this notion of political polarization does not have its inceptions from todays mainstream media, but this traces back to the very sentiments of our founding fathers and their careful deliberations in constructing a harmonious stable government. This goes back to Madison’s admonitions regarding the inevitability of partisanship, articulated in his famous federalist papers. Political polarization can refer to circumstances in which an individuals stance of a given issue or policy is more likely to be strictly
There is much debate in the United States whether or not there is polarization between our two dominate political parties. Presidential election results have shown that there is a division between the states; a battle between the Democratic blue states and the Republican red states. And what is striking is that the “colors” of these states do not change. Red stays red, and blue stays blue. Chapter 11 of Fault Lines gives differing views of polarization. James Wilson, a political science professor at Pepperdine University in California, suggests that polarization is indeed relevant in modern society and that it will eventually cause the downfall of America. On the contrast, Morris Fiorina, a political science professor at Stanford University, argues that polarization is nothing but a myth, something that Americans should not be concerned with. John Judis, a senior editor at The New Republic, gives insight on a driving force of polarization; the Tea Party Movement. Through this paper I will highlight the chief factors given by Wilson and Judis which contribute to polarization in the United States, and will consider what factors Fiorina may agree with.
Based principally on data about the progress of parties throughout elections since their creation, almost every books and articles written contain the same ideas and hypothesis a...
Wattenberg, in the Decline of American Political Parties, 1952-1996 seeks to analyze and avail a scenario that illuminates the goings on in the American society. While he affords various reasons for the said decline in influence of the American political parties, the idea of conflict in races gains a prominent place in the discourse. While the author does not mention it, it is possible to state that the idea of diversity played a part in the decline of political parties in the mid to end of the 20th Century. The significance and place of this author within the contemporary society cannot pass without noticed. Martin Wattenberg is a prominent political scientist and professor; his opinions c...