Political Parties - Ms. wolf

Political Parties - Ms. wolf

Political Parties Chapter 9 Section 1 Political Parties Political Party- organization of individuals with broad, common interest who organize to win elections, operate in government, and influence government policy

Two-party system- US party system with 2 main parties: Democrats and Republicans Political Parties George Washington warned against political parties in his farewell address from office First two political parties: Federalists and Democratic Republicans

Federalists- Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, wanted a strong federal government, party eventually faded out DRs- Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, thought the federal government was getting too much power, party split into Democrats and Whigs Democrats 1828 formed in support of Andrew Jackson

Stressed their ties to the common people Whigs split to compete with Democrats Democrats and Whigs remained the two major political parties until the 1850s Republicans Formed in 1854

with Abraham Lincoln to oppose slavery Also known as Grand Ole Party (GOP) Democrats and Republicans

Around the turn of the 20th century the ideals of both parties began to change Presently Republicans and Democrats are opposite of how they started Third Parties Third Parties- smaller minor parties Influenced politics by promoting ideas that were at first unpopular They have never won Presidency, but Democrats and Republicans adopted their ideas

Third Parties cont. Single Issue Parties- form to promote a social, economic, or moral issue (usually dont last long) Prohibitionists Party formed in 1872 to ban alcohol Third Parties cont

Ideological Parties- form to support a particular philosophy or idea Socialists Labor Party and Communist Party USA believe that free enterprise should be replaced by one in which the government owns business Libertarian Party want to cut the size of the federal government and increase personal freedoms Third Parties cont.

Independent Candidates- form around leaders with strong personalities (usually dont last long) H. Ross Perot ran for President in 1992 and 1996 Third Parties cont Obstacles Third party candidates

must obtain a large number of voter signatures to be placed on the ballot Trouble raising enough money Other Party Systems

Multiparty System- one party rarely wins enough support to completely control government Many countries have this: Germany has over 5 political parties, Israel

has over 20 One-Party System- the party and government are the same Peoples Republic of China has 1 party: The Communist Party Political Party

Platform- series of statements expressing the parties principles, beliefs, and positions on issues Ex. Abortion, Death Penalty Plank- each individual part of the platform Ex. Dem support Abortion, Rep support Death Penalty

This communicates to voters what the party will do if elected Democrat vs. Republican Chart Complete the Democrat vs Republican Chart and Card Activity Political Parties

Democrats and Republicans Basic difference between the Democrats and Republicans is their belief in how much the government should be involved in the lives of Americans Democrats- federal government should be more directly involved in citizens lives Republicans- federal government should be less directly involved in citizens lives

Both parties try to adopt moderate positions and avoid extreme radical positions in order to attract more voters

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