Final Practice. - Joshua Dray Dr Henner Prompt The United...

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Joshua Dray Dr. Henner 12-3-11 Prompt: The United States political system is heavily influenced by both political parties and interest groups. Identify the fundamental goals of political parties and interest groups as a whole. Describe at least two modes of influence interest groups use to support political parties. Explain how helping political parties reach their goals benefits interest groups. The United States political system has been heavily influenced by two major parties, the Republicans, and the Democrats. The Democratic Party was first formed during the time of the Anti-federalist factions, dating back to before the time America declared independence from British rule. The founding federalists who organized the Democratic Party were people like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Democrats are typically known as supporters of social services. The Republican Party However is known for its philosophy of a limited government. Republicans believe in a sense of a smaller government, but also a greater influence and more dominant approach to foreign policy. The Republican Party was founded later than the Democratic Party and is therefore the younger of the two parties. The Democratic Party has consistently been to the left of the Republican Party when it comes to politics and matters such as economics and social issues. Much of the democratic agenda has been shaped by the activist philosophy of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Party has been described as strongly influenced by American Liberalism; this liberalism has shaped the party’s economic agenda since the early 1930’s with Roosevelt’s New Deal. This was true until the mid 1960’s when
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the party’s agenda was reshaped and reformed to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
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