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1 Political Perspectives and Party Politics

2 Where on the Spectrum? What is a Political Perspective:
Political spectrum Measures both the type of change desired and the time it takes to achieve it   New <Change> Old Immediate <Time> Immediate

3 Conservatism Traditional views What is considered tradition?
George W. Bush

4 Liberalism Progress and reform Change…but how quickly?

5 A Little of This and That
Liberals vs. Conservatives Most Americans somewhere in between Moderate Where is a moderate approach to politics most effective? James Monroe

6 Adolf Hitler Franklin D. Roosevelt John Brown Ronald Reagan Abraham Lincoln

7 Political Perspectives in Parties

8 “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” -John Adams, 1789

9 Party Domination U.S.= Multi Party System
Republicans and Democrats dominate U.S. politics Republican: Conservatives Democratic: Liberal

10 Where on the Issues? Not all Republicans and Democrats vote the same way Depends on the issue Is Arizona a Republican or Democratic state?

11 References: Slide 2-6: Marcie Hutchinson (2014), “The Political Spectrum,” Arizona State University, 2014 (2010). “Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs.” Modified Accessed May 27, 2014. Slide 3: Russell Kirk (1956). “Tradition.” A Program for Conservatives (Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 1956). Modified Accessed May 27, Slide 7: All images accessed through Library of Congress Slide 9: “John Adams Quotes,” Good Reads. Accessed May 27, 2014, Slide 10: Stephen Flanders (2007), “Political Parties,” The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Online, accessed May 24, 2014, Hutchinson, “Political Spectrum” (2014), “Political Parties,” American Government Online Textbook, accessed May 24, 2014, Slide 11: Andrea Caumont (2012), “Section 9: Trends in Party Affiliation,” Pew Research Center, accessed May 24, 2014,

12 Bibliography Slide 7: Slide 8: Slide 9: Slide 10:
Image retrieved from: Slide 8: The United States Department of Justice . "Justice News." The United States Department of Justice . July 6, opa-776.html. Slide 9: Rau, Alia B, and Ginger Rough. "Political News." AZ Central . February 11, arizona-to-sue-feds-over-border-security.html. Slide 10: Image retrieved from: toons-july-arizonas-sb1070-blocked

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