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7 YOU MIGHT BE A DEMOCRAT IF…  you believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese & North Korean communists.

8 YOU MIGHT BE A REPUBLICAN IF…  you believe that everyone should support the troops - except when it comes to pay or benefits.

9 YOU MIGHT BE A DEMOCRAT IF…  you believe that the only reason socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is because the right people haven't been in charge.

10 YOU MIGHT BE A REPUBLICAN IF…  you believe that hunting requires an automatic rifle.

11 YOU MIGHT BE A DEMOCRAT IF…  you believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUVs.

12 YOU MIGHT BE A REPUBLICAN IF…  you are against abortion but support capital punishment.

13 Hi, I’m a PC. I’m slow and outdated. I have all the right tools. But they don’t work how they should. I might freeze up and get slower by the day. But, you’re stuck with me and used to my ways. Vote PC. And I’m a Mac. I may cost you a lot money. But it might be worth it. All your college friends like me and use me. Everything costs more with me. But you’re okay with it. You think it’s new and “in.” You probably have an iPod. So vote Mac.

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19 Bad Driver Scenario  Why does the party out-of-power want to win so desperately?

20 Purpose of Political Parties  Nominate Candidates  Select and gain support for candidates for office

21 Purpose of Political Parties  Inform and Inspire Voters- win or fail?  Stimulate interest in public affairs

22 Purpose of Political Parties  Candidate Quality  Ensure qualified and good character candidates

23 Purpose of Political Parties  Help Govern  Operate on partisan lines in government Gridlock- nothing gets done

24 Purpose of Political Parties  Act as Watchdogs- Observe and criticize other party

25 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions Worldview Federal or state? Spending Social programs Taxes Economy International

26 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions More open to changeWorldviewFavors the status quo Federal or state? Spending Social programs Taxes Economy International

27 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions More open to changeWorldviewFavors the status quo CentralizationFederal or state?Decentralization Spending Social programs Taxes Economy International

28 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions More open to changeWorldviewFavors the status quo CentralizationFederal or state?Decentralization Social programsSpendingDefense Social programs Taxes Economy International

29 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions More open to changeWorldviewFavors the status quo CentralizationFederal or state?Decentralization Social programsSpendingDefense Favor entitlement and social programs Social programsPrivatization i.e. charities Taxes Economy International

30 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions More open to changeWorldviewFavors the status quo CentralizationFederal or state?Decentralization Social programsSpendingDefense Favor entitlement and social programs Social programsPrivatization i.e. charities Favor higher taxes for the upper class TaxesFavor tax cuts for wealthier Americans and business owners Economy International

31 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions More open to changeWorldviewFavors the status quo CentralizationFederal or state?Decentralization Social programsSpendingDefense Favor entitlement and social programs Social programsPrivatization i.e. charities Favor higher taxes for the upper class TaxesFavor tax cuts for wealthier Americans and business owners Pro regulationEconomyLess regulation International

32 Party Identification (not always) Policy Positions More open to changeWorldviewFavors the status quo CentralizationFederal or state?Decentralization Social programsSpendingDefense Favor entitlement and social programs Social programsPrivatization i.e. charities Favor higher taxes for the upper class TaxesFavor tax cuts for wealthier Americans and business owners Pro regulationEconomyLess regulation Favor international cooperation InternationalSuspicious of threats to sovereignty

33 Quotables- What does this mean? “ If you are not a liberal when you are 25, you have no heart. If you are not a conservative by the time you are 35, you have no brain.” Attributed to Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

34 Party Identification (not always) Sociological Factors Income Occupation Gender Age Religion Ethnicity Macro-Geography Micro-Geography

35 Party Identification Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Occupation Gender Age Religion Ethnicity Macro-Geography Micro-Geography

36 Party Identification Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Blue CollarOccupationWhite Collar Gender Age Religion Ethnicity Macro-Geography Micro-Geography

37 Party Identification “Big Tent”Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Blue CollarOccupationWhite Collar WomenGenderMen Age Religion Ethnicity Macro-Geography Micro-Geography

38 Party Identification Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Blue CollarOccupationWhite Collar WomenGenderMen YoungerAgeOlder Religion Ethnicity Macro-Geography Micro-Geography

39 Party Identification Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Blue CollarOccupationWhite Collar WomenGenderMen YoungerAgeOlder Catholics, JewsReligionProtestants Ethnicity Macro-Geography Micro-Geography

40 Party Identification Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Blue CollarOccupationWhite Collar WomenGenderMen YoungerAgeOlder Catholics, JewsReligionProtestants MinoritiesEthnicityWhites Macro-Geography Micro-Geography

41 Party Identification Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Blue CollarOccupationWhite Collar WomenGenderMen YoungerAgeOlder Catholics, JewsReligionProtestants MinoritiesEthnicityWhites North, West CoastMacro-GeographySouth, Midwest Micro-Geography

42 Party Identification Sociological Factors Lower IncomeIncomeHigher Income Blue CollarOccupationWhite Collar WomenGenderMen YoungerAgeOlder Catholics, JewsReligionProtestants MinoritiesEthnicityWhites North, West CoastMacro-GeographySouth, Midwest Inner CitiesMicro-GeographySuburbs, Rural

43 Minor Parties  Libertarian Party  Stresses individual liberty  Prohibition Party  Banning alcohol nationwide  Reform Party  Christian beliefs and opposes immigration  Constitution Party  Free pursuance of happiness  NORMAL  Legalization of marijuana  Communist Party  Restructure political and economic systems  Green Party USA  Environmental concerns  Natural Law Party  Restore harmony with natural law  Socialist Labor Party  Abolish capitalism and social ownership of industry

44 Crazy Political Parties

45 Vampire, Witches and Pagan Party (US) Satanist Jonathon “the Impaler” Sharkey has run for President, Congress and Governor of Minnesota under his Vampire, Witches and Pagan Party. “I promise this Court while I am executing [Judge] Certo his family will violate one of the offenses punishable by death, and I will then execute his loved ones as punishment. From the youngest (sic) to the oldest.”

46 The Sex Party (Canada) “Sex is good. Let’s make it better.”

47 The Work Less Party (Canada) Lower the workweek from 40 to 32 hours

48 The Guns and Dope Party (U.S.) The Guns and Dope Party asserts that minority groups of “gun lovers” and “drug lovers” should join forces

49 The Charity, Freedom and Diversity Party (Netherlands)  Charity! Freedom! Diversity! Sounds great, doesn’t it? Before you sign up, you may want to learn a little more about this party. The Charity, Freedom and Diversity Party was actually created by pedophiles who wish to have the age of sexual consent lowered from age 16 to 12.

50 The Rent is Too Damn High Party

51 Minor Parties in the United States

52 Why Minor Parties Are Important several important roles: “Spoiler Role”  Pull decisive votes away from one of the major parties’ candidates

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55 Critic Single-issue parties often take stands on and draw attention to controversial issues that the major parties would prefer to ignore.

56 Innovator Mainstream parties will often BORROW ideas from third parties

57 Finding Your Political Roots What is the first political event you can recall? What party do you parents usually identify with? What issues have you recently discussed with family or friends outside of class? Where do you get most of your political information? How would you describe your political attitudes?

58 Political Parties PurposeDem.Rep.Minor Select and gain support for candidates Open to changeMaintain the status quo Libertarian Party Prohibition Party Stimulate interest in public affairs Reform Party Constitution Party Ensure qualified and good character Communist Party USA Green Party Operate on partisan lines in government Natural Law Party Socialist Labor Party Observe and criticize the other party NAME _____________________

59 Political Parties Sociological Factors Income Occupation Gender Age Religion Ethnicity Macro-Geography Micro-Geography NAME _____________________

60 Finding Your Political Roots What is the first political event you can recall? What party do your parents usually identify with? What issues have you recently discussed with family or friends outside of class? Where do you get most of your political information? How would you describe your political attitudes? NAME _____________________

61 The Nation’s First Parties Federalists  Led by Alexander Hamilton  Represented wealthy and upper-class interests  Favored strong executive leadership and liberal interpretation of the Constitution

62 Anti- Federalists  Led by Thomas Jefferson  Represented the “common man”  Favored Congress as the strongest arm of government and a strict interpretation of the Constitution

63 Chapter 5, Section 3 The Four Major Party Eras Era of the Modern Democrats 1828-1860 All but two Dem Presidents Era of the Republicans 1860-1932 Return of the Democrats 1932-1968 1968-Present No one party has controlled the presidency Congress held by opposition DIVIDED GOVERNMENT

64 Critical elections  Rare elections that mark a massive shift or realignment of voters  Often marks a new coalition or political party

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68 The Era of the Republicans, 1860—1932

69  END OF CIVIL WAR-ERA POLITICS  BEGINNING OF MODERN CAMPAIGNING

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71 The Return of the Democrats The Return of the Democrats, 1932— 1968 – Democrats dominate all but two presidential elections. – Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected President four times.

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76 1968–1976 Republicans hold the presidency Congress is controlled by Democrats

77 1968 to Present: The Start of a New Era: The Era of Divided Government  Republicans nor Democrats have dominated the presidency  Congress has often been controlled by the opposing party.

78 1976–1980 Democrats hold the presidency Congress is controlled by Democrats

79 1980–1992 Republicans hold the presidency Senate controlled by Republicans 1980-1986, controlled by Democrats from 1986 to 1994

80 1992 – 2000 Democrats hold the presidency Congress controlled by Republicans, 1994 to 2008

81 2000 -2008 Republicans hold the presidency Congress is controlled by Republicans

82 2008-? Democrats take the Presidency, Republicans take House in 2010

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