Explain a concept of political socialization or public opinion using one political cartoon from the following examples. Be sure to incorporate an aspect of the chapter’s content in your post:
You are required to create a post for this discussion topic. Your discussion post should incorporate one content aspect from the assigned material and should incorporate material from one website research reference. You are required to include a proper reference citation at the end of the post. The website where you found the cartoon does not count towards the reference citation requirement.
Ideas That Shape American Politics
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LO1 – Identify the Purposes of Government:
Government is defined as the structures or order (government agencies, departments, etc.) used to resolve conflict for the entire society.
The purposes of government are to:
Establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility (Give us justice and peace)
Provide for the common defense (Keep us safe)
Promote the general welfare (Help us)
Secure the blessings of liberty (Give us freedom)
LO2 – Define Politics:
Politics is defined as the process by which society makes collective decisions about who gets what, when and how.
LO3 – Define a Social Contract:
A social contract is defined as an agreement between citizens and government in which citizens give their consent to be governed in exchange for protection of their rights.
LO4 – Identify the View of Political Theorists John Locke and Thomas Hobbes:
Both 17th Century theorists were social contract theorists – that is, they believed that a social contract was extremely important to the commonwealth to protect the rights of the people.
See also: https://www.britannica.com/topic/social-contract
Locke’s Political Views Hobbes Political Views
Believed in limited government Believed in an all-powerful government (particularly a and that man is basically “good” monarchy or a single-ruler)
Government should preserve People must give up certain rights to the government life, liberty, and private property (or chaos will result)
People form governments People form governments (through a social contract)
(through a social contract) to protect rights
to protect rights
Governments derive their just powers Governments derive their just powers from the
from the consent of the governed consent of individuals who agree together to follow certain rules
LO5 – Define the Principles and Types of a Democracy:
Majority Rule, Equality, Individual Rights and the dignity of the individual, and Protection of Minority Rights.
Types of Democracy:
A direct democracy is one where each individual person represents themselves. There are no elected representatives. For example, this form of democracy is utilized on the east coast by towns. These towns hold “town hall” meetings, for example, where all persons living in a town attend the meeting and cast votes on town decisions.
Indirect democracy is also referred to as a representative democracy or a “republic.” In this form, persons vote for elected officials at the local, state and national government levels who represent them and make decisions for them.
LO6 – Identify the Principles of Pluralism, Elitism, and Democracy:
Pluralism: People influence government through interest group
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