Political Parties And The Democratic Party

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Marcus Gutierrez
AP Government
Mr. Misiow
August 12, 2015
AP Government Essay Throughout U.S. history there have been two political parties who compete against each other, in order to run the nation. These political parties are known as the Republican Party, commonly known as the Grand Old Party, and the Democratic Party. Each party has a symbol of representation, in particular the elephant symbolizes the Republican Party. Thomas Nast created this symbol to portray that the Republicans are strong and dignified. The party was founded through antislavery activist and the members of the activists of the Whig Party in 1854. The Republicans believe in a more conservative society. Conservatism is the ideology that intends to maintain or restore what is established and traditional, and to minimize change. This means that Republicans want a free market capitalism, limited government, strong national defense, opposing regulation and labor unions, and they support socially conservative’s policies. On the other hand, the Democratic Party was created in 1828 and is considered the oldest political party in the United States of America. The donkey symbolizes that Democratic people are smart and brave. The Democrats believe in social liberalism society. Social liberalism is a political ideology that wants to find a balance between individual liberty and social justice. Through these beliefs come the ideas of universal health care, labor unions, social opportunities, consumer
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