POLITICAL BELIEF SYSTEM 5
Withthe forthcoming presidential elections, the gap between Republicansand Democrats keeps widening over issues such as immigration, climatechange, and gun control. Based on what one has come to understandthrough different life experiences, they identify themselves withwhat they consider as right or wrong (Danziger,2015). Toprobe opinions on certain crucial issues, the following questionscould be used.
1)Are you a registered voter?
Thisquestion is very critical in analyzing one`s viewpoint because itshows their willingness to participate in elections. In addition, itindicates that one is well informed and aware that a citizen has thepower to decide who gets to be in charge of public office basedpolicies (Ebensteinand Ebenstein, 1991).
2) What are your views on Global Warming?
Globalwarming is an issue that cannot be ignored. It has life-threateningeffects such as tougher hurricanes and extreme heat waves. Somepeople believe global warming is a hoax while others are aware of itadverse effects (Ebensteinand Ebenstein, 1991).The latter is the group that supports the political party whichsoldier for anti-global warming policies.
3)What is your opinion on taxes?
Taxesare a necessary evil. Without them, it would mean there is no propergovernance, and this can lead to lawlessness. Most people complainabout paying taxes. They assume the many benefits that come withpaying taxes, such as schools, hospitals, and other social amenities(McCullough,2014).
4)What do you hold regarding the issue of gun ownership in America?
Theissue of gun ownership has hit America hard in the recent past.Having a stand in this issue highly reflects one’s politicalbeliefs. Gun ownership should be possible, but gun shops should taketheir time, in collaboration with the police to carry out properbackground checks. A responsible citizen should be allowed to own ahandgun, but those used for mass shooting should be taken back(Danziger,2015).
5)What do you think about the U.S. healthcare system?
Thisquestion will be important because depending on the kind ofhealthcare package being provided, one can make their standpolitically (McCullough,2014).Before reacting to this question, one needs to understand that theU.S. is the wealthiest nation in the world but it very far from beingthe healthiest.
Conservativesare known to fear change. They do not associate transformation withprogress. Conservatives admire tradition and look at change as awould-be threat which has to be examined thoroughly before beingtaken into consideration. Resistance to change is the mostquestionable assumption of conservatism. One factor withconservatives is that they believe only in tradition (Danziger,2015).The implication is that they obviously never approved what theycurrently accept as true.
Onthe other hand, classic liberals believe that every individual isequal and has his own perception of good, together with the freedomto practice it. Provided that their actions do not get in the way ofanother people’s good, they always think they are on the rightpath. Liberalism is advocated for a small government where everyoneneeds freedom to exercise that which they feel is good (McCullough,2014).A questionable assumption about classic liberalism is its ideologythat society can be established on the power of its people’sbehaviors.
Socialismis viewed as a more economic ideology regardless of its highpolitical sense. It is a system in which all basic needs are providedby the government equally to everyone. Everyone puts effort for thesuccess of the society. In other terms, people work communallyinstead of individually. In economic perspective, socialism delegatesfor communal ownership of wealth and businesses. It eliminates theexistence of the two extreme sides of the wealthy and poor. The mostquestionable assumption about socialism is its argument that thegovernment needs to own everything. No one is awarded according tothe effort they put forth in the building of the society (Ebensteinand Ebenstein, 1991).It means that there will be no motivation for one to work harder.
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