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Warm-Up. Write a brief (5 sentence) paragraph to the following: What do you think makes a person a great leader?. The 21 st -Century United States Politics & Leaders. Political Parties.

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warm up
Warm-Up

Write a brief (5 sentence) paragraph to the following:

What do you think makes a person a great leader?

political parties
Political Parties
  • U.S. government basically set on two (2) political parties (although other parties are involved & sometimes win)
  • Democratic-usually supports middle-class and lower-class, small business, etc. with federal government involvement when needed--tend to be more liberal-left
  • Republican (GOP)-usually supports wealthy and big business with little federal government involvement—tend to be more conservative-right
1990 present day
1990 - Present Day

Presidents: CNN survey

  • George H. W. Bush (Republican-1989-1992) 18/44
  • William Clinton (Democrat-1993-2000) 15/44
  • George W. Bush (Republican-2001-2008) 36/44
  • Barack Obama (Democrat-2009-present) n/a
  • Congress:
    • 1989 Democratic Congress
    • 1993 Republican Congress (1st in 40 years)
    • 2007 Democratic Congress
    • 2011 Demo Senate-Rep House
political parties today1
Political Parties Today
  • 5 registered parties had a candidate on the 2012 presidential ballot
  • 3 are considered “Third Parties” or “Minority Parties”
  • No third party candidate has ever won a presidential election
  • However they can have a profound impact on the 2 majority parties
liberal conservative defined
Liberal/Conservative Defined
  • lib·er·al
    • 1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
    • 2. ( often initial capital letter ) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
  • con·serv·a·tive
    • 1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
    • 2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
    • 3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
activity
Activity
  • Liberal or conservative
  • What kind of idea is that
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