Mr. Colley’s Political Party Project



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Mr. Colley’s Political Party Project
Most of you have probably heard adults arguing about politics and which party is responsible for all the problems our society faces. How did we get here? George Washington warned Americans during his farewell address against the “spirit of party”. While it is normal for people to disagree and hold different opinions, blind loyalty to a political party can be dangerous for any country…past…or present.
Your book defines Party as an organized political group.
The purpose of this project is to simply get you familiar with what a political party is and how they operate.
PART I: POSTER
Create a poster for your own political party.

Your poster will need the following:




  1. Party Name- Come up with a name for your political party.




  1. Slogan or Motto- Create a clever quote or saying that describes your party (does not have to rhyme).




  1. Party Platform- Choose 5 issues and decide where your party stands on those particular issues…

Example: Taxes- Does your party support the same tax rate percentage for every citizen? Should wealthy people pay more? Should we get rid of the income tax and replace it with a national sales tax? YOU DECIDE!


  1. Artwork- Draw AT LEAST one picture on your poster of a stance you take on an issue.

PART II: ESSAY


You will write a three-paragraph essay comparing political parties.
Paragraph #1: Describe the DIFFERENCES between the Democratic-Republican party and the Federalist party.
Paragraph #2: Describe the DIFFEERENCES between the Republican and Democratic parties of today.
Paragraph #3: In the last paragraph, explain which party of today (Democrat or Republican) YOUR party has the most in common with.
Differences between Democratic-Republicans and Federalists
1. View of Human Nature
Federalists: Believed that most people were selfish, feared any government that gave too much power to common people.

Democratic-Republicans: Believed most people had common sense and informed citizens could make good decisions for themselves and the country.

2. Best form of Government


Federalists: Favored a strong national government and believed the country should be ruled by the “best” people (wealthy, public-spirited).

Democratic-Republicans: Favored a small efficient government with limited powers to allow the people to enjoy the blessings of liberty. Favored democracy over any other form of government.

3. Ideal Economy


Federalists: Wanted to promote manufacturing, business and trade.

Democratic-Republicans: Favored an economy based on agriculture (farming).


  1. Relations with Britain and France


Federalists: Generally supportive of Britain, did not approve of the violence in the French Revolution.

Democratic-Republicans: Generally supported the French Revolution, believed that a few noble heads were worth the price of freedom.

Paragraph #1: Describe the DIFFERENCES between the Democratic-Republican party and the Federalist party.


  1. Begin your 1st paragraph with: The Democratic-Republican and Federalist parties had conflicting viewpoints on different issues.

  2. Choose three of the four issues the parties disagreed on (View of Human Nature, Best form of Government, Ideal Economy, Relations with Britain and France).

  3. Describe how they differed from each other.


Example: While the Federalists believed the ideal economy for the United States was with business, manufacturing and trade, Republicans thought the nation’s economy should be based on agriculture.


  1. End your paragraph with a transition into your next paragraph.


Example: The Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties disagreed on issues just like Democrats and Republicans disagree on issues today.










































Differences between Modern Day Democratic and Republican Parties


NOTE: Please keep in mind that people are individuals and don’t always vote or agree with where their party stands on a particular issue, this list is meant to serve as a general guideline to help you write your essay.


Issue

Democrats

Republicans

Taxes

Don’t mind higher taxes to pay for domestic programs.

Less tax burden on individuals and businesses.

Border Security

Amnesty

Secure the border

Pro-Life/Pro-Choice

Pro-Choice

Pro-Life

Jobs

Favor government spending to help train or give jobs to people who have lost their job.

Less tax on business so they have more money to hire people and buy products.

Energy

Favor research and use of renewable energy.

Favor energy that is cost efficient.

Healthcare

Favor government intervention in healthcare.

Favor free market solutions to healthcare problems.

Education

Favor more federal spending on education.

Favor less federal intervention, let the states and local school boards decide what is best.

Military

Less spending on military, less intervention around the world.

Favor spending money for a strong national military. In general favor intervention around the world.

Lawsuit Abuse

Generally don’t favor Tort Reform.

Favor Tort Reform to limit what people can file a lawsuit for.

Debt

Favor cutting defense spending and increases taxes on wealthiest Americans to cut the national debt.

Favor cutting from domestic programs to get the national debt under control.

Gun Control

Favor stricter gun control laws.

Generally strong support for the 2nd Amendment for non-criminals.

Social Security

Favor keeping Social Security the way it is.

Favor privatizing Social Security and giving people the option to “opt out”.

War on Drugs

Some Democrats favor keeping the “War on Drugs”, others want to legalize certain drugs.

Most Republicans favor “War on Drugs”, some Libertarian leaning Republicans support legalization of certain drugs.

Paragraph #2: Describe the DIFFERENCES between the Democrat party and the Republican party.


  1. Begin your 2nd paragraph with: The Democrat and Republican parties disagree on many issues facing our nation today.

  2. Choose three issues the parties disagree on from the list provided

  3. Describe how they differed from each other.


Example: While Democrats generally support the research and use of renewable and alternative sources of energy, Republicans generally support government policies that keep fossil fuels cheap and cost efficient.


  1. End your paragraph with a transition into your next paragraph.


Example: While my party has stances on issues in common with both political parties, my party has more in common with the Republican/Democratic party.












































Paragraph #3: Explain which political party of today (Democrat or Republican) your party has more in common with. REMEMBER: All you are doing here is taking a look at the issues and stances YOU took and figuring out which party is most like yours.


  1. Begin your 3rd paragraph with: While almost nobody agrees completely with every issue a party stands for, my political party has more issues in common with the (Democratic/Republican) party.




  1. Choose issues your parties agree on.


Examples: Both my party and the Republican party both support law abiding citizens right to bear arms. OR Both my party and the Democratic party favor amnesty for illegal aliens.


  1. End your paragraph with a strong closer.


Example: While George Washing warned against the “spirit of party”, political parties have been a part of the United States for over 200 years. It is important to be an informed citizen and know where political parties stand issues so our country can continue to have a government “by the people, and for the people”.











































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