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1. You will be given 3 different issues 2. Each issue will include two extreme viewpoints 3. Choose a number that represents your belief on the issue 1-Completely.

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1 1. You will be given 3 different issues 2. Each issue will include two extreme viewpoints 3. Choose a number that represents your belief on the issue 1-Completely FOR 10- Completely AGAINST OR Choose a number somewhere in between that best communicates your belief on the issue. Ideological Issues

2 Issue #1: School Uniform 1(For)-School safer for students, reduces socioeconomic disparities and encourages students to focus on their studies not their clothes. 10 (Against)-Infringe upon students rights to express their indiviudality, have no positive effect on behavior and academic achievement and emphasize the socioeconomic divisions they are supposed to eliminate.

3 Issue # 2 Under God in Pledge 1(For)- The U.S. is a Christian nation, language represents the foundation of our country not relgiion, federal law, state constitutions and US currency already have references to GOD. 10(Against)- Chruch and state should be kept seperate, COnstitution protects minority rights against majority will, “Under God” is a religious phrase that violates the establishment clause of the first ammendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ….”

4 Issue # 3 Right to Life 1(FOR)-Terminally ill people should have the right to end their suffering with a quick, dignified, and compassionate death and the right to die is protected by the same constitutional safeguards that guarantee such rights as marriage, procreation, and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment. 10(Against)-Doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive, it is a "slippery slope" from euthanasia to murder and legalizing euthanasia will unfairly target the poor and disabled and create incentives for insurance companies to terminate lives in order to save money.

5 Ideology is not...

6 Instead it falls on a continuum.. RIGHT LEFT MIDDLE

7 1.What factors influence our ideology? 2.What are the effects of ideology? 3.What role does ideology play in politics? Ideology Discussion Questions

8 Political Ideology One’s basic beliefs about the government and political issues.

9 Political Ideology Survey 1. Read each statement 2. In the first column write an A if you AGREE with the statement or D if you DISAGREE 3. STOP when you are done! Do not worry about the other two columns. 4.Homework: Have a parent or guardian take the survey (Column 2)...don’t let them see your answers.

10 Political Ideology falls along a continuum... Conservative Right Wing Republican Liberal Left Wing Democrat Moderate Center

11 GOALS (SAME): End Result.. Freedom, Chance for prosperity, As few people suffering as possible, Healthy children, Crime-free streets, etc. DIRECTION (DIFFERENT): The path to achieve this goal….this is where ideologies come in... Political Ideology

12 P OLITICAL I DEOLOGY : L IBERAL Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to help solve people’s problems. ●More government involvement ●Open to new ideas or ways of behaving that are not traditional or widely accepted

13 P OLITICAL I DEOLOGY : C ONSERVATIVE Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems. ●Less government involvement ●Favor traditional values, less accepting of changes or new ideas

14 1.L ABOR U NIONS 2.T AXES 3.S OCIAL P ROGRAMS (W ELFARE ) 4.I MMIGRATION 5.A BORTION 6.R ELIGION & G OVERNMENT 7.C ENSORSHIP OF THE A RTS 8.C RIME 9.S AME S EX M ARRIAGE 10.E NVIRONMENT 11.E DUCATION 12.H EALTHCARE 13.D EATH P ENALTY 14.G UN C ONTROL 15.A FFIRMATIVE A CTION Liberal v. Conservative Stances DIRECTIONS... 1.Make a chart: Issue Liberal Conservative 2.Research and record the liberal and conservative perspective for each issue. 2.You may work together...these are notes. /conservative-vs-liberal-beliefs/

15 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives LABOR UNIONS Liberal Favor Labor Unions Fight for workers rights: Social security, medicare, etc. Conservative Against Labor Unions Workers shouldnt be forced to join them Give more power than necessary to workers

16 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives: Taxes and Social Spending Liberals Increase Used to support social programs in the states like ■ Welfare ■ Medicaid and Medicare ■ Homeless shelters ■ Free clinics ■ Shelters for battered women ■ Soup kitchens Conservatives Decrease Social programs should be supported through charities taxes “ Trickle Down Economics ”

17 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Abortion Liberals Pro – Choice (For) A fetus is not a human life Conservative Pro – Life (Against) Human life begins at conception

18 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Defense Spending Liberals Decrease Use more for social spending Conservative Increase or maintain

19 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Death Penalty Liberals Against it (Anti) Would like to see it banned by the national government Inhumane Conservatives For it (Pro) “ Eye for an eye ”

20 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Same Sex Marriage Liberals Believe it should be legal Not a moral issue, but an equality issue and it is protected by the Constitution Conservatives Believe it should not be legal Support a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage Is a moral issue tied to religion

21 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Attitude Towards Criminals Liberals Want rights of accused protected first and foremost Interested in finding out “ why ” person committed crime Conservatives Want rights of victims protected first and foremost Not concerned with “ why ” person committed crime

22 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Minimum Wage Liberals Would like to see it increased Believe national government should set it to protect workers Conservatives Against a minimum wage- would like to see it end Believe it is too much regulation on business

23 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Social Security Liberals Believe it should be left in the hands of the federal government Conservatives Believe it should be privatized

24 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Health Care Liberals Should be 100% provided by the national government Conservatives Should continue to be de- regulated and left in the hands of independent, competing health care providers

25 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Immigration Liberals Illegal immigrants do the jobs Americans don’t want to do Open to discussing options for the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. Conservatives Support legal immigration but not illegal immigration We need stricter immigration laws

26 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Environment Liberals Global Warming caused by increased production of carbon dioxide Industrial growth harms the environment Conservatives Less focus on the environment Favor industrial growth

27 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Gun Control Liberals More regulations on guns needed. Conservatives Second Amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms

28 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Education Liberals Increase funding for public schools Raise teacher wages and reduce class size Conservatives Parents who pay the taxes that fund the schools should get to choose where and how to educate their children- School vouchers

29 Political Ideology: Liberals vs. Conservatives Religion Liberals Want to keep clear and strict separation of church and state No religion in government policy Conservatives Would like to implement more religion into government policy Views largely based on religion

30 Political Ideology Survey 1. In the second column, determine whether the “issue” is Social, Political and/or Economical. 2. In the last column...using your L/C notes determine if the statement is Liberal or Conservative. 3. STOP when you are done! I will show you how to assess your responses.

31 Political Ideology Survey Results 1. Tally Liberal and Conservative responses. 2. If you agree with a liberal statement it is one tally for Liberal. (same) If you disagree with a liberal statement it is one tally for Conservative. (opposite) 3. Are you more Liberal, Moderate or Conservative?


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