Political Party Assignment
11 November 2009
Fill out the answers to the questions listed below (typed, but not in essay format) and bring this
with you to your breakout session. Be prepared to discuss:
1. What positives and negatives each
party brings to the political system, 2. What are the major differences between them, 3.
closely do they match your perceptions of them, and finally, 4. If you had to create an “ideal”
party today, what would it stand for and what would it try to do programmatically (what would it
try to fix or create in relation to the services that the federal government provides, protections it
provides, behaviors it encourages, etc.)?
Here are five political parties. Next to each, please write down what you “know” about
them. Do not look anything up.
Just tell us what comes to mind first when you “think”
about them – images, words, actions, policy stances? What issues do they fight for? What
is their general ideological bent? Who are their constituent groups (in other words which
social, interest, organizational groups tend to affiliate or be associated with the party)?
Big government, raise taxes, favors minorities, pro-abortion, gay rights, no
war in general
Small government, lower taxes, favors majority, pro-life, favor war in
Environmentalism, recycling, global warming, etc
Direct election of president from popular vote, free trade
Then tell us…
What party do you lean toward or identify with and why?
I lean towards the Republican Party because I believe in a small government with the