Los Angeles Valley College Democratic and Republican Parties Discussion

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1) Detail the course of Civil Rights in this country in terms of US Amendments, civil law, practice, etc. What laws were implemented to promote equality? You may chose any group of people to focus on and discuss their path with civil rights. Lastly, include your thoughts their civil rights stand in 2021.

2) Discuss the role between social media and the government. How are these two connected? In terms of public opinion, what specific examples have you learned about how social media can influence politics?

3) Explain in detail the why America runs on a 2 -party system and how each of these two parties have evolved and what they mean to America today. Do you feel that more parties should be included? Why or why not?

4) Discuss the checks and balances system we have with the legislative, executive and judicial branch. With this unique system, discuss how Congress, the role of the Presidency, and the Supreme Court are interwoven together. Include any situation in history or modern times that magnified the relationships between them. For example, with the passing of Ruth Ginsberg last year, picking a new lifetime Supreme Court judge came head on with the Presidency. You can discussion this situation or bring up another example.

5) Go into further detail about the U.S foreign policy from what you already discussed in Chapter 17. Bring up an example that Openstax referenced and go into further detail discussing the elements of international politics, the consequences, the outcome etc. Be sure to use scholarly examples only once you research outside of OpenStax. Use their references as well for further reading.

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Why America runs on a 2-party System and necessity of third-parties
Since 1852, presidential elections in the United States have only featured two
candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties except for the 1912 elections. In the
1912 elections, Theodore Roosevelt, a former Republican president ran as a third-party
candidate and lost to Woodrow Wilson in the second position. As will be discussed later,
before the Democratic and Republican parties became the primary parties, the Whig and
Democratic parties reigned. The two reigned before the dominant National Republican and
Democratic parties. This historical dominancy of two parties proves that the U.S. has all
along thrived as a two-party system because of several reasons. According to Blake, the twoparty system has historically dominated the United States’ politics because of the winnertake-all method (par.4). Under this method, candidates who run for Congress only require a
plurality of votes to be elected while the presidential candidates require to win the plurality of
votes among the 48 out of 50 states. Blake uses Duverger’s law to explain this two-party
system arguing that third parties are unable to compete because there is no prize for winning
since, if 25 percent of the cast votes is required to make a candidate a winner, then voters will
likely choose candidates with a high likelihood of winning. The United States’ two-party
winner-take-all system is based on plurality voting also known as first-past-the-post voting.
Plurality voting is where a candidate having the most votes wins whether he/she gains the
majority cast votes (51 percent or more) as it happened...

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