Political Parties

928 WordsJan 26, 20184 Pages
One way to measure the importance of political parties for our country is to consider the many things that they do, even though they don’t do many of them very well. Political parties tend to help make the act of voting less irrational for voters because sometimes having a party identification greatly reduces the time and effort involved in voting for an individual. “Large majorities (of voters) still admit to a party preference and use parties to guide their voting decisions. They do so because, despite the divisions within the party coalitions and regardless of how they feel about the parties, the party labels still carry valuable information about candidates, continuing to provide the cheap, shorthand cue so useful to rationally ignorant voters” (Kernell et al., 563). For example, Republicans usually favor a smaller and cheaper form of federal government. They tend to advocate for lower spending on social welfare and lower taxes. While Democrats are more supportive of government programs designed to improve domestic welfare and would spend less on national defense when Republicans are very generous toward the Defense Department. “Democrats are more concerned with “fairness” and equality, Republicans with letting free enterprise flourish” (Kernell et al., 564). Republicans are anti-abortion and gay marriage and would be supportive of allowing official prayer and religion in public schools while Democrats would not agree with any of the above. However, not all candidates
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