Political Culture

Political Culture - Political Culture Chapter 1 WebCt...

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1 Political Culture Chapter 1 WebCt • Lecture Notes www.webct.ttu.edu • Register • Quizzes Clickers • Please have by 1-22 • Problems: Email Me • Set-up Instructions
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2 Quiz • Thursday-Monday • Syllabus • Easy Quiz • Ensure you know how to use WebCt Back on Topic • We Are Where We Come From • Colonial Experience Overview • Core Ideals • Political Process • Patterns in U.S. Politics • Texas Political Culture
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3 Political Culture • Characteristic and deep-seated beliefs of a particular people; beliefs of a people about their government and politics • American Ideals: Basis of our National Identity. • European Enlightenment thought and practice shaped beliefs Enlightenment • Settlers adopted some European heritage, but abandoned others • United States: Distance • Open lands • Freedom • No nobility Core Values • Individual is the cornerstone of society • Government exists to serve the people • Rights are not assigned to some, we all enjoy rights • Bit of a conflict: History has told stories of those who were denied basic rights
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4 Core Values • Liberty: freedom to act and think as one chooses but no infringement on freedom of others • Equality: all individuals equal in worth, legal treatment, and political voice • Popular Consent: people are ultimate source of governing authority Liberty • America’s Constitution and Symbols
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