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Citizens pollinating our future with civic understanding.

Unit 4 - American Political Ideologies and Beliefs


American Attitudes




Changes in Ideology


Influence of Events


Measuring Opinion


Evaluating Polls


Ideology of Parties


Policy Making


Social Policy




Ideologies and






Economic Policy

In My Shoes:

Role Playing American Government and Politics


Oprah said it succinctly, “Leadership is about empathy.  It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.”  This is not new.  Women’s Rights advocate, suffragette and poet Mary T. Lathrap wrote in 1895:


Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.


In each of our five (5) units of study in American Government and Politics you will be invited to connect with relevant players.  To better understand government and politics, walk in the shoes of those who have and continue to shape our government and politics.  The end result will not only improve our understanding; provide practice of essential skills; but also inspire and empower our own civic engagement.  Welcome. Get ready to “take the time to walk a mile in [their] moccasins.”


'Toon In

1. What is the funny?

2. How would a   

    Democrat look at this

    cartoon?How would a

    Republican look at this


3. Why has the environment

    become a such a divisive

    issue? What do you think?

'Toon In

1. What is the funny?

2. What is the role of the

     Supreme Court if you are       a Democrat? A       


3. Do you think this 

    cartoonist is a

    conservative or a liberal?

In The News

Americans Learn More About Civics the Hard Way  

by Jo Craven McGinty


There oughta be an easier way to teach American about civics.

In the past year, a fire hose of news - detailing the impeachment of the president, crackdowns on civil protests, attacks on journalists and a host of high-profile court cases - might have had the unexpected benefit of increasing Americans' knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.


Why We Fight So Ferociously Over the Supreme Court 

by David French


If you want to know the roots of the country's present polarization over the Supreme Court, we have to go back.  No, not to the contentious hearings of Brett Kavanaugh two years ago, nor to Sen. McConnell's decision to deny a hearing or confirmation vote to Merrick Garland, who was President Obama's 2016 pick to replace Justice Scalia.  We must go even farther back than the drama of the Clarence Thomas hearing in 1991 or the attacks on Robert Bork's character in 1987...


Listen to the podcast above and complete the following exercise.

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool under all circumstances." T. Jefferson

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