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If someone asked you to describe your own political beliefs, would you find it easy to give him or her an answer? Are you a liberal, a moderate, a conservative, or something entirely different? Are you a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or someone who is still exploring the differences among the parties?

In this Discussion, you will evaluate your personal political beliefs and ideology. You will also explore how your ideology compares to the positions observed and held by major political parties in the United States. When you complete the assignment, you will have a better understanding of your own views and how these compare with those of the major political parties.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review the Interactive Units and supplemental resources from this week’s Learning Resources.

Consider why political ideology is so important in American government. Then reflect on your own political ideology. Where does your political ideology stand on the political spectrum? Do you see yourself as a conservative, liberal, socialist, libertarian, a member of a minor political party, or some mix thereof?

Use the Political Parties Template and PartyMatch quiz in the Learning Resources to answer the questions in your Discussion response. Be sure to answer the questions carefully and truthfully, and then complete the Party Match Quiz to determine your political ideology and party identification for purposes of discussion (you will not submit the Quiz to your instructor).

Review and evaluate the political commercials in the Learning Resources and their influence on American political life. Then consider the following questions:

Which political party was responsible for producing each commercial? How did this influence the content of the commercial?

What was the intent of the message in each commercial?

How might these commercials impact voter decisions?

What role does the media plays in shaping your political ideology and party identification?

Include at least one reference and citation from the course readings and one reference and citation from an article found in the Walden Library to support your rationale.

With these thoughts in mind:


a 2- to 3-paragraph analysis of your political ideology and party identification. Explain the results of your political quiz, including how your political ideology might affect your voting decisions and which party (or parties) best encompasses your political views. Then explain why having a political ideology and party identification is important, whether or not you are a formal member of a party (and why), and what role you think the media plays in shaping your political ideology and identification.

Please response or comment on this post.Political ideology is a belief system. According to Walden University, a belief system is “a configuration of ideas and attitudes in which the elements are bound together by some form of constraint, or functional interdependence.” (2018). I believe it’s mainly based on principles of how we think society should work. Personally, I am not quite sure where I fall when it comes to ideology/party identification because there are areas in both liberal and conservative views where I agree and disagree. However, if I consider myself a liberal, I’d most likely vote for a Democratic party since liberal focuses are more on individual rights and fighting to end discrimination. One can say political identification is essential because, “When you vote, you are taking an active role in deciding issues regarding health care, immigration, equal opportunity, voting rights, infrastructure, jobs, education, social security, neighborhood safety, taxes, etc..” (The Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas, 2022) Therefore, our political views in action can certainly change for a better future.  My highest score was Peace and Freedom at 79%. I have never heard of Peace and Freedom, but according to Peace and Freedom Party, “The Peace and Freedom Party is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality.” (2008). However, as I kept reading about them, there were views I also disagreed with.  Lastly, the media can play a significant role in shaping people’s political ideology and identification because the media can influence people’s opinions of political parties as they state their views and sometimes biased information.

Please response to this one also, thanksOne can define political ideology as a set of ethical goals, doctrines, beliefs, symbols or myths held by social movements, institutions, classes, or large groups that provide a political and cultural framework that guides political undertakings. The cultural framework outlines a particular social order that explains how society should function through the beliefs that drive them (Dewenter, Linder, & Thomas, 2019). My political ideology is the liberal political ideology. Through liberalism, there is a wide range of beliefs and ideas that depend on one’s understanding of individual rights and civil and overall human rights. I believe in liberal democracy, upholding the rule of law, socio-economic and political freedoms, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. As a liberal, I support these ideas as they work towards improving society from an objective outlook.           The other important aspect of American politics is Party identification. Party identification is when people choose the political parties they feel more affiliated to support (Dewenter, Linder, & Thomas, 2019). Some of the aspects that I consider through selecting a political party is checking on the party with the ideas that support most of my values and general beliefs that could work towards making a better society. Political party identification might influence my voting choices through my views and ideas. I could work towards making a choice that would likely serve my general opinions and statements on good leadership. I believe that the media plays a role in influencing the options and the political ideologies that people could follow through elections. The media could use the agenda-setting theory to drive people toward certain parties or political ideologies (Darr, Hitt, & Dunaway, 2018). The voting process could be influenced by the media, the political parties, and the political ideologies with which one feels much affiliated throughout an election period.

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