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…
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…
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…
Include examples of specific cases from the period.
November 18, 2009
In what ways did American cultural developments in the 1820s and 1830s reflect the democratic impulse of the period?
November 19, 2009
In what ways did the elections of 1828 and 1840 firmly establish the two-party system in American politics?
November 23, 2009
Is it correct to describe the 1830s as the Age of Democracy? Explain.
November 24, 2009
Why weren’t there more slave revolts and rebellions…
people trying to influence government in order to protect their concerns. Both try and influence public policy, interest groups do it ouside of the electoral process and are not responsible to the public. A political party must win elections, and candidates run for office as a party member, not an interest group member.
NRA- national rifle association, defenders of wildlife, sierra club-enviroment, mother against drunk driving MADD
2. Interest groups use a number of strategies in attempting to…
I. Three Worlds Meet
a. Native Americans
1. migration and diversity- North America, South America, Central America, and Caribbean’s.
2. culture- trade networks started in the 1400s. They were polytheistic.
3. Indian people beyond the present-day US
4. Statistics- 50-70 million Native Americans lived here when Christopher Columbus came and landed on San Salvador. 2/3rds of Native Americans died from smallpox.
1. West African empires