My New Political Ideology
A populations views on political issues may change as different circumstances occur each day. The environment around us has a powerful influence on the decisions that we produce and the views that we as American citizens choose to hold. After a semester in political science class my views and my political ideology have altered. Today I will explain how political science class has influenced my political ideology.
When this class initially began I was sure, without a doubt I was a conservative. As the semester progressed I discovered the reasons I was considered conservative. The town a person grows up in, financial status, social class, age, gender and the race of the individual have a strong influence on a individuals ideology. I knew I was conservative because I was raised with certain morals that still exist in my family today. Anaheim hills the town I grew up in, was and still is one of the most conservative cities in Orange County. A moderately white community full of affluent business owners, and my father was one of those affluent business owners. My father a very strong conservative taught me politics at an early age. As I grew older and made friends out of Anaheim hills, I found that most of the friends that I made had liberal views. All the issues I felt very strongly about were absolute opposite of my new friends. Being a teenager and very confused about the matter I talked to my family about these issues and they felt the same way I did. At that point in my life I realized that my house was not just higher up on the hill for no reason, my political views were completely different from the people that lived just below me. Evidence once again that social class and education had an influence on a persons views.
In my last paper I stated my feelings about the tax issues all Americans face day to day. I felt that Americans are paying too much taxs with very little benefits to our country. People on social programs such as social security and Medicare benefit from the tax payers dollars. I still do not agree with social programs providing cash to those people. Growing up, I was taught that I had to work for what I wanted. People on those programs are being taught at a very early age that they dont have to work for what they want. A great solution to social programs is very simple. Food, shelter and work programs can ensure that the taxpayers dollars are not being spent on drugs, alcohol and other unnecessary materials.
Though I really dislike paying taxes, I have to admit that not all of the money the government takes out of my paychecks is being wasted. Cal-trans provides a wonderful freeway system for southern Californians to get as far as Los Angeles and back in time for dinner. Without such wonderful freeway systems and highway systems, the economy of California would most likely not be as good as it is right now. Unfortunately I still feel the American people are not ready to vote for the taxes we all pay. The government is doing a descent job with our taxes; however with changes in the social programs the American peoples taxes can be considerably lowered.
As a conservative, I still feel that the social class of the individual greatly affects the political ideology that they have chosen. I have analyzed, that the education of the individual has a great deal of affect on the political party of their choice. Most liberals are only against conservatives due to medias bad review of conservatives. The media can affect our lives tremendously if we believe what they have to say. Education is the key to determining the political party or political ideology of our choice; therefore education is one of the leading issues many Americans feel strongly about today. As I stated in my last paper, schooling is very important to the success of our country. Although there are people that will argue that school should not be mandatory if the family must send there children to work to provide money for housing, I would have to disagree. Since there are social programs for providing food and shelter, education should not be neglected. When education is neglected, those children have a chance of becoming burdens to society rather than benefits. School develops leaders and followers of society, and provides a structure for those who may need it in their lives.
After a semester in political science class, I found that many of the liberals in my class did not know very much about the issues that made them liberals. Since the class is an introduction to the American political system, that fact did not bother me as much as it normally would. Since the issue of media was hot topic to talk about, I thought that most of the students in my class had realized the medias bad reviews of conservatives. Unfortunlty that was not the case, Most of students denied that the media was liberal until proven to them. I cannot blame the students in my class for the things they have been taught by television. A lack of education is to blame for that problem. By now you know that media is one of the issues that I have added to my new paper. I found that the media has made many individuals think that conservatives are just a bunch of rich snobs that dont care about the poor people at all. Another lie made up by our very liberal news papers and television shows. Contributing to the miss-education of our country.
The issues that I have discussed today, and my responses to them fall into the category of a moderate conservative. I agree in the way the government is being run but it can use a few changes. I am a strong supporter of capitalism; therefore I do not care to provide money for social programs, which will benefit the freeloaders of our society. The next step is education. We must provide the best education to improve the future of our country; therefore the American people should not rely on the media to make their political decisions. If anyone agrees with the responses to these issues they may fall into the category of a moderate conservative. A moderate conservative would be ok with there being a limited government, not everyone is capable of political leadership. With all the information that I have provided, I feel that I am a moderate conservative. I agree with conservative side more than anything else but I still feel that there are some things that need to be modified for the success of our country.
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