Week 7 Assignment 2 - Sullivan 1 Patricia Sullivan...

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Sullivan 1 Patricia Sullivan Professor Kramer LGS 212-01 11 Dec 2015 Everyone has heard the following words at one time or another "Democrats are liberal, while Republicans are Conservative". Is this really true? In order to resolve this question, two questions must be answered, what do the two terms mean? What is liberal and what is Conservative? Some Democrats are conservative and some Republicans are liberal. In this time of turmoil, Democrats and Republicans must work together to promote the common welfare. What exactly is liberalism? According to Sidlow (2013), liberalism is the belief that "big government" is necessary for the promotion of the common good (p.16). Without government action, many social and economic outcomes for many people would turn out badly. Another way to look at it is, without government intervention, many children of poor individuals would never have access to health care in the first few critical years of life and may not get enough food to eat. Liberalism is the belief that social progress can be obtained by putting into action laws and reform rather that upheaval. It is a policy based on the rights of the individual. The accustomed view of liberals was freedom from tradition, and freedom to practice new policies and institutions. Liberals advocate change, Conservatives avoid it. What is Conservatism? It is the policy of looking to traditional practices and institutions for answers to the problems of society. Traditionally, conservatism referred to people who wished to 'conserve' traditional values and institutions (Sidlow, 2013, p.16). Conservatism accepts change slowly and values the traditional norm.
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Sullivan 2 Democratic influences can be seen in American culture. In 1971 the voting age was changed to 18. This meant that many younger people were now able to vote. This was a generation of draft-dodgers, anarchists who promoted government takeover, and hippies who protested the government for wars. There were sit-ins and other acts of civil disobedience. It seemed as if the younger generations were trying to be heard by an uncaring government that was sending them overseas to be killed and maimed for a government policy. These young people wanted their share of the American dream too, and it did not involve going to fight in a war on foreign soil. They were revolting against the traditional government, with such slogans as" Don't trust anyone over thirty", coined by Jack Weinberg, an American student activist leader in the 1960s (Deis, 2009). This was construed to mean don't trust the government. So what did Republicans do for American culture? The Republicans have realized that where they are in deficit is in the area of pop culture. In the last election, candidate Romney failed most in the area of pop culture. He was out of touch with mainstream America, who watched " Modern Family ". This is when Republicans realized that they needed to shrink the pop culture gap if they wanted to win.
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