Presentation on theme: "Jefferson Hamilton I want to become president to assure that the state governments have power. I completely disagree with that. National Government should."— Presentation transcript:
Jefferson Hamilton I want to become president to assure that the state governments have power. I completely disagree with that. National Government should have the most power. Bring it on! Oh Yeah! Well, you have to get elected first! History of Political Parties I Totally did Not want this to happen!
Political Party A group that shares similar beliefs and want their beliefs to become laws We believe that the government should spend more money on the military. Here is how we make our belief a reality.
Political Party recruit and nominate candidates We pick a candidate that can get elected to office and make our belief a law.
Political Party Educate the voters Then we educate the voters about how great our candidate is.
Political Party Help the candidates win Educating voters isn’t free, the best way to help our candidate is to give him money. Helping Candidates Win and Educating Voters are very closely connected
Political Party Monitor actions of office holders Once our candidate wins, we order him to do everything we want!
Political Party Monitor actions of office holders And if he loses… We blame America’s problems on the other guy and his political party
Democratic Party mostly Liberal beliefs Gov’t should help people (high taxes) Gov’t should protect our rights Republican Party mostly Conservative beliefs People should help themselves (low taxes) Gov’t should enforce traditional beliefs
Functions of Political Parties Similarities of Political Parties Nominate/Recruit Educate voters Help candidate win Monitor Office Holders
Difference of Political Parties Platform List of Beliefs or Ideology - Gov’t helps citizens - Tax cuts for middle class - End wars - Pro-Choice - Protect ALL citizens rights - Gov’t shouldn’t help us - Tax cuts for everyone - Fight Terrorism - Pro-Life - illegalize same-sex marriage
Functions of Political Parties Similarities of Political Parties Recruit/Nominate organized to win Educate voters Help candidate win influence policy Monitor Office Holders Liberal and Conservativeappeal to the center Republican Conservative Liberal Conservative Liberal
Costs A lot of $$$ $$$ from interest groups and PACs Gov’t = $$$ Not Gov’t for the people Gov’t for the people
Third Parties Introduce New Ideas – Green Party: Protecting the environment – Progressive party: 8 hour working day – Rent is too darn high party: Rent is to darn high Sometimes influence the outcome of an election Sometimes revolve around a personality – Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party