POLITICAL CULTURE IS THE PRODUCT OF A POLITICAL SYSTEM
AND THE LIFE HISTORY OF ITS MEMBERS
I have come to realize that I have been swooped up in this years election and all of it’s divisiveness, and it’s not very healthy for any one of us. We all get caught up over differences that is thrust upon us by different entities, without being able to make sense of it all. It is the passion of our beliefs that creates an illusion that we are the only one that cares about the world, when in reality, everyone of us cares about what kind of world we want, and how to get it. Voting gives us the chance to cast our stone into the pond and have the ripple effects join with other ripples in the water to blend together as one wave, one voice, and unite for the good of the people.
.DO WE REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT OTHERS DO?
I don’t think you care about what I do, do you? Then why would you care about what I do, I don’t?
People are stupid: given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid they will believe a lie because they want it to be true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it to be true. People are stupid because they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.
DO YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS?
If you knew how to do what I do would you do it, and if you do would you care about what I do?
Political parties have the same aims and similar forms, but are different in many ways. Each party must pass through the filter of political reality, as in the mode by which internal politics is conducted. The difference is not one of politics, but of political culture. Political culture is defined by the International Encyclopedia of the Social Science as:
“The set of attitudes, beliefs, and sentiments, which give order and meaning to a political process and which provide the underlying assumptions and rules that govern behavior in the political system. It encompasses both the political ideals and operating norms of a polity. Political culture is thus the manifestation in aggregate form of the psychological and subjective dimensions of politics. A political culture is the product of both the collective history of a political system and the life histories of the members of the system and thus it is rooted equally in public events and private experience.”
There are two fundamental differences between the parties in which all others are rooted. The first one is structural: In the Democratic Party power flows upward and in the Republican Party power flows downward. The second is attitudinal: Republicans perceive themselves as insiders even when they are out of power and Democrats perceive themselves as outsiders even when they are in power. The democratic party is composed of constituencies. These constituencies identify themselves as having a common agenda which the party must respond to. They are recognized by party officials as representing the interests of important blocs of voters. Some have been recognized since the New Deal while others are relatively new. In 1983 there were seven such caucuses, five representing demographic groups (Women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Gays) and two ideology ones (Liberals and Business people).
The Republican party has relevant components, but they are not as important as the Democratic Party’s groups because they are not mechanisms for exercising power and are not primary reference groups. The basic components of the Republican party are geographic units and ideological factions. These entities exist only as internal party mechanisms. The geographic units consist of State and Local Parties, and are primarily channels for mobilizing support and distributing information on what the party leaders want. They are not separate and distinct levels of operation. Unlike Democratic caucus leaders, Republican faction leaders do not feel themselves accountable for their followers.
VOTING IS DOING AND DOING IS CARING
If you do care about what I do, will that make me care about what I do?
I’m not choosing one party over another in this article, but I wanted to share factual observation and information in the hope that I could help people make a choice that is not based on cable news reports, self interest groups, religion, race, gender, sexuality, or personal opinions. So let’s make the 2020 national elections the best this country ever had, no matter what party you believe in. Get registers, meet with people, read and study the issues, platforms, engage in civil conversations amongst other citizen’s even one that you disagree with. If you can request a second opinion from a well trained doctor, then you can handle a second opinion from another voter and it won’t kill you. Make this election year the highest voter turnout in American history and be proud of your beliefs. Thanks for reading.
YOUR VOTE COUNTS, EVERY VOTE COUNT
Some of the information is derived from the International Encyclopedia of the Social Science