Inegalitarian traditions are rooted in a need for superiority over another. Instead of one
dominant tradition, there are multiple, and not all are positive. Such traditions include
racism, sexism, classicism, ablism, homophobia, and ageism. Someone benefits from the
Thus, American political culture is shaped by the influence of liberal tradition
and inegalitarian traditions.
Obama wants to avoid the focus on racism following former President
assertion that racism was behind a Republican lawmaker’s outburst against Mr. Obama
last week as the president addressed a joint session of Congress.
inegalitarian issue like racism is not going to dissapper, it contributes to the fabric of our
Even though Obama wants to move forward from the racism issue, it
will remain a fixture of American public opinion.
9/17 A1, "As Race Debate Grows, Obama Steers Clear of It"
The American sentiment regarding immigrants is concerned with a disruption of
Americans are worried about losing their jobs to high tech workers
Also, immigrants from the Middle East pose a treat of terrorism.
is worry over accommodating immigrants, and a spread of “English-only” laws.
Furthermore, Anti-immigrant advocates see multiculturalism in the university as a loss of
citizen opportunities through affirmative action programs.
The article dicusses the sector of the population that has gone unnoticed, the elder
The often come to America to live with elder children, but find
themselves living alone and depressed.
The article focuses on this unfortunate
circumstance, however, an anti-immigrant advocate would have a different perspective.
The vast majority of elder immigrants hold no job, live in housing provided for by the
government, and dependent on welfare.
8/31 A1, "Invisible Immigrants, Old and Left with 'Nobody to Talk To”
Political culture is composed of shared ideals, and is important because it helps create the
context for politics and boundaries for political action.
It influences and shapes our
language and understanding.
It has a dynamic nature, and evolves and changes because
citizenry changes through immigration.
However, there is a gulf between reality and
This drift is that of liberal traditions and inegalitarian traditions.
The House’s decision to formally rebuke Wilson has an affect on political culture in that
it set a precedent for such behavior and what will be tolerated from elected officials.
Incidents such as these shape our understanding of the current political environment.
9/16 A13, "House Formally Rebukes Wilson for 'You Lie' Outburst"