This question is becoming increasingly contested in the political arena. The government is coming under more and more pressure to lower the voting age to 16. This pressure comes from groups such as The Electoral Commission,The Electoral Reform Society, The Power Inquiry, The Votes at 16 Coalition, as well as the Liberal Democrat Party, The SNP and The Green Party. But what are the reasons behind these calls? Is it really sensible for people as young as 16 to be allowed the vote? This is a debate that must be had, particularly with Gordon Brown finding his party in such a vulnerable position. What if they make the wrong decision because of their education? Should they be able to if they pass a test at 16? thought to deserve no consideration, for being some- what out of the common road. The imputation of Nov- elty is a terrible charge amongst those who judge of men’s heads, as they do of their perukes, by the fashion, and can allow none to be right but the received doc- trines. Truth scarce ever yet carried it by vote any- where at its first appearance: new opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other rea- son but because they are not already common. But truth, like gold, is not the less so for being newly brought out of the mine. It is trial and examination must give it price, and not any antique fashion; and though it be not yet current by the public stamp, yet it may, for all that, be as old as nature, and is certainly not the less genuine. Your lordship can give great and convincing instances of this, whenever you please to oblige the public with some of those large and comprehensive discoveries you have made of truths hitherto unknown, unless to some few, from whom your lordship has been pleased not wholly to conceal them. This alone were a sufficient reason, were there no other, why I should dedicate this
Essay to your lordship; and its having some little corre- spondence with some parts of that nobler
Group affiliations (interest groups, labor unions, professional organizations) provide common bonds between people which may be expressed through the group or its activities.
Demographic factors (occupation, race, gender, age, religion, region of country, income, education, ethnicity).
Mass media inform the public about issues and help set the political and public agendas.
Opinion leaders, those individuals held in great respect because of their position, expertise…
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John Locke- 17th century English philosopher who believed people live in a state of nature, have natural rights and that the only type of valid government is one built on consent of governed
Natural rights- life, liberty, property
State of nature- people are generally self-centered but are capable of being rational
Social contract- an agreement between government and citizens; idea that if gov fails to live up to standard, breaks contract then people can dissolve the…
definition of democracy involves creating time for ourselves in order to create a brighter future. The United States Government should understand that by creating reforms in order to make Election Day a national holiday, Congress must allow fellow voting Americans more time flexibility on Election Day in order to allow our voices and thoughts to be heard.
Democracy and freedom do not mean the same thing. According to John T. Wenders, “Freedom and democracy are different. Democracy addresses how affairs…
have a small yet highly dedicated membership. People do not join a group and contribute time and money to it without developing a strong attachment to the group.
D. They seek to influence policy, not gain control of government through the electoral process. They influence policy by using various lobbying methods. They endorse candidates, they sponsor legislation, they raise public awareness of issues they are concerned with.
II. Reason for Interest Group Proliferation
widely supported parties
The two major parties dominate American politics
Two-party system: Republicans and democrats
Reasons for the Two Party System
Historical Basis: Anti-Federalists and federalists
Force of Tradition
The Electoral System
The basic shape of the election process work in the direction of a two-party system
Single member district elections: contests in which one candidate is elected to each office on the ballot
“Winner take all” elections
the winning candidate…
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- Expand / contract
→ turnout (result) presidency: 60%
Eligibility ----> limited
- Property restrictions ----> wealth
**Jacksonian period (1820’s)
- First period of mobilize
- Democrats (began to form the modern Democratic Party)
It is the political movement toward greater democracy for the common man typified
by American politician Andrew Jackson and…
the Men) would gather, listen to speeches from leading citizens and then vote upon the issue. The majority vote was accepted. Clearly however, this form of democracy is not applicable with today’s society as many more decisions must be made and the voting population is much larger. This does not mean, however, that Direct Democracy is not possible and in many countries it is used in the form of REFERENDUMS. Switzerland for example has had more than 550 referendums since 1848.
**The arguments FOR and…
one of the reasons for a two party system.
Winner Take All
electoral system, winner take all system, one party wins the election
main purpose of it is to announce candidates to the public and
establish a party platform. They’re held in major cities, held every 4 years and lasts about a
week. The national chairperson is selected at the convention.
stands for the Federal election commission. The Congressional campaign committee
establishes rules that the FEC must follow when they monitor elections…
but pretended to keep working. Later, he vomited.
The claims by Mr Hutchinson of workplace bullying at a Sunbury company that makes building frames have been described by a senior union leader as the most serious he has seen.
In interviews with The Age Mr Hutchinson has alleged:
- A supervisor regularly fired a nail gun at staff and pretended to fire a nail gun at close range, without saying it was empty.
- Mr Hutchinson had his thumb broken and a wrist broken in two places in a machine, two weeks…
President can only serve two terms.
District of Columbia residents can vote for president.
Prohibits poll taxes
How president turns duties over to V.P. due to illness.
Lowers voting age to 18
Congress cannot accept a pay raise until next term.
Creates the two parts of Congress. They are responsible for making laws.
Necessary and Proper Clause (Elastic Clause)