A major political party in the United States can only exist and thrive through the votes, funding, and public support of its constituencies. A constituency to the Republican or Democratic party can either be an extremely large group of people such as racial minorities, conservatives, liberals, and middle class workers. A constituency can also be a group smaller than an entire ethnic background, but still have an extremely powerful voice in elections such as supporters for abortion, feminists, environmentalists, and other groups that are active in progressive social causes. Republicans and Democrats have long been the two dominating political parties in the U.S., but they wouldn't be here today if they hadn't identified with the groups of citizens that weren't being well served, and built strong alliances with them. The Republicans have always been known as the conservatives when compared to the Democrats. In the Reagan era, they built their support base around white southerners, economic conservatives and social conservatives. Some other constituencies that support the Republican party are the working class whites, multinational corporations, and small and large businesses. Republicans believe that the big businesses and corporations have a positive impact on everyone. Their philosophy is that by giving big business big tax breaks, they will create more jobs and the money will spread down to the poor people naturally, which is why businesses have always been a constituency of the Republicans. They have also always supported religion and that draws the vote of the white southerner. Democrats have been in constant battles with Christian morality, especially in the area of abortion and now homosexuality. The Democratic Party’s main constituencies consist of unionized workers, women, ethnic minorities (African Americans, Hispanics, Jews, etc.), and groups that are active in social causes (supporters of gay/abortion rights, feminism, environmentalism). The majority of minorities are in the lower class financially. The Democrats publicly offer them help and assistance, while the Republican’s support for the upper class turn those voters to the democratic side. Our current president Barak Obama is African American, and received the majority votes from the black community as well as hispanics in the last election, and it was a heavily deciding factor in winning the presidency and is a good example of why having strong constituencies is important. The Democrats and union workers have a history of giving…
Political Opinion and Political Parties
"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.”
To understand the philosophical differences between conservative, liberal, populist and libertarian cultures; to comprehend the impact of race and gender on political opinion; and to evaluate the differences between the Republican and Democratic parties.
Opinion is the driving…
Unit 2 Test
[Industrialization through Progressive Era]
Why did people in America migrate from the rural areas to urban areas?
Mechanized farming machines created less need of people to work on the farms, so less pay and demand for workers. People then moved to the city in search of high wages and jobs.
What was Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle, about?
The book exposed unsanitary conditions of The Meat packing industry in Chicago. The novel depicted the poor quality of food preparation…
foundations of Democratic Party and state government.
h) After 1940s, South Florida passes North Florida in population growth but maintains existing institutions. “Cincinnati Factor”
II. Democratic Maneuvers
a) “Bourbon” Democrats have stranglehold on Florida politics. Founded by large planters and rich businessmen.
b) Democrats attack Populists (and later Progressives). Republicans virtually non-existent, though third parties like the Independent Party occasionally…
EOC REVIEW Part I (1860-1900)
Civil War & Reconstruction
Industrial Revolution &
The Civil War & Reconstruction
Cause/Effects of War
Postwar Reconstruction Plans
Civil War and Reconstruction
1. Compare North and
◦ North: industrial, used immigrants
for labor, very populated
◦ South: agricultural, depended on
slaves for labor, less population
Rights (South) v.
Representation in Congress…
Plekhanov - One of first Russians to call himself a “Marxist”, believe in “two stage revolution” First Russian Marxist organization - “Liberation of Labor.
Russian Social Democratic Workers Party – revolutionary socialist party formed in Minsk, uniting several revolutionary organizations including Polish Socialists, Jewish Bund, Proletarian Party, believed in revolution by the industrial working class.
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov - Vladimir Lenin
Lev Davodovich Bronshtein – Leon Trotskiy…
among younger people—has been growing at an exponential rate. Even social conservatives now grudgingly admit the tide has irrevocably turned in the direction of equality. But this progress did not spontaneously come to be. The various elements of the American political system have played a crucial role in shaping this issue’s evolution.
The president, as the official head of government, is formally involved in matters of social change. One way he can pursue his vision of a more (or less) equal…
Assess the view that the collapse of the Weimar Republic was primarily due to the appeal of Hitler and his Nazi Party.
From its initial inception, the democratic Weimar Republic was doomed to fail. Having begun its regime by signing a severely unpopular peace treaty, the newly instated Weimar Government not only “lacked moral validity”1 but also ensured and vast variety of problems whilst similarly guaranteeing the distrust of its people for the duration of its existence. The Republic encountered…
f. Taxation without representation, virtual representation, Stamp Act Congress, 1765-
g. Townshend Duties, 1767-
h. Boston Massacre, 1770-
i. Judge’s Salaries, 1772-
j. Committees of Correspondence-
k. Tea Act, 1773 and Tea Party, 1773-
l. Coercive Intolerable Act, 1774-
m. First Continental Congress and Declaration of Rights and Resolves, 1774-
n. Lexington and Concord, 1775-
o. Second Continental Congress, 1775-
p. Declaration of Independence, 1776-
3. The American…
English nation-state between 1492 and 1607. What important factors influenced this rise? In what ways did later colonization efforts
attempt to learn from earlier experiences? To what extent was there religious freedom in the colonies? Explain the causes the conflict between the British and the Native Americans and French in 1754. How did the war change the geopolitical standing of each group by the end of the war?
Unit Activities: Class discussions on the rise of the English state, the Glorious…
Tea Party Movement
Group #1 Assignment
Grassroots & Community Emp.
November 26, 2013
Group #1 Assignment
PSCI 3325 102
November 26, 2013
Tea Party Movement
Social movements have emerged time and time again, a social movement that has caught the attention of many civilians as of recent is the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party movement made its first appearance on July 23, 1991 when several hundred people gathered…