American Government-Price Party Definitions and the Political Spectrum Directions: In the table below, define each of the terms listed in the left-hand column. You may use either your government book or the online resources to complete the list. Be prepared to use these terms appropriately in classroom discussions and your own writing. Key Term political party major party minor party partisanship bipartisan plurality party in power incumbent electorate Definition American Government-Price The Political Spectrum: In order to understand political party research, you need to know which terms are synonymous with each of the political parties. You will find several pairs of words listed below on an arrow. Take each pair and place one of them on each end of the political spectrum below. The first one is listed below. Democrat Democrat Republican conservative liberal Right-wing Left-wing socialist capitalist elephant donkey less government more government social rights individual rights GOP Republican American Government-Price What Does Each Party Believe? What Do YOU Believe? Each of the major political parties has a specific belief on each of the issues listed below. Your assignment is to use the internet or other resources to determine the beliefs of each party. In the appropriate column, write the party’s stance and list the source used to determine it. You must use at least five (5) different sources. In the final column, jot down your beliefs. They may be similar to one of the parties, they may be different than both parties, or they may be a combination of both. Issue Democrat Republican Federal Budget Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Social Welfare Immigration School Vouchers Personal Beliefs American Government-Price Issue Democrat Republican Foreign Aid Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Source: Prayer in School Minimum wage Abortion Gun Control Defense Spending Personal Beliefs American Government-Price Environment Source: Source: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/economics/09/us-parties-republican-democrat-taxes.asp http://www.svgop.com/files/Differences%20Between%20Republicans%20and%20Democrats.pdf http://compare2012.returncontrol.com/ http://academic.regis.edu/jriley/413republicans_v_democrats.htm http://www.democrats.org/ http://www.gop.com/ http://ohiodems.org/splash/ http://www.ohiogop.org/ http://www.yda.org/ http://yrnf.com/#sthash.Ky1mJOpv.dpbs FINAL QUESTION: What political party do you associate yourself with? Republican? Democrat? Both? Neither? Use information from this web quest to support your answer. Use at least FIVE specific issues from this assignment when writing your answer. Write your response in paragraph form and use complete sentences.