political party system

All The Topics to Know for the APUSH Exam (as told by my APUSH teacher)
  • Revolutionary War/Constitution/Articles of Confederation
  • The First Party System: Federalists and Republicans
  • Revolution of 1800
  • Jacksonian Democracy (1824-1840)
    • the Bank War
    • the spoils system
    • Indian Removal Act
  • Antebellum reform movements and the Second Great Awakening
  • Causes of the Civil War and sectional differences
    • political parties (Democrats vs. New Republicans)
    • economics
    • social differences
  • Reconstruction (1863-1877)
    • successes/failures
    • 13th - 15th amendments
      • connections to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Industrialization and Big Business/The Gilded Age (1860-1910)
    • vertical and horizontal integration
    • trusts
    • steel, oil, and railroads
    • Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan
    • growth of cities
    • immigration
    • changes in politics and political machines
  • The Populist Movement and agrarian discontent
  • The Progressive Era (1890-1920)
    • an effort to deal with the adverse effects of industrial capitalism
    • the Progressive Presidents
  • The Indian Plains Wars (through 1890)
  • Spanish-American War (1898)
  • IMPERIALISM: Philippines, Hawaii, Panama, Cuba, etc.
  • World War I
    • causes/effects
    • the home front
  • The Red Scare
  • The 1920s
    • sources of conflict (economic, political, and social)
    • effects on women, African Americans, and immigrants
  • The 1930s, the Great Depression, and the New Deal
    • Hoover vs. FDR
    • economic, social, and political reforms
  • World War II
    • results, the home front
    • effects on women, African Americans, Native Americans (Navajo codetalkers, etc), Japanese Americans, and Mexican Americans
  • The Cold War
    • foreign policy
      • where and when
    • 1950s
      • conformity, suburbs, Baby Boom, domestication of women, challenges to conformity, expanding economy, consumer culture
      • similarities to the 1920s
    • 1960s
      • civil rights movement (who, what, when, where, why, successes and failures)
      • Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society (1963-1968)
        • domestic and foreign issues
    • 1970s
      • Richard Nixon (1968-1973)
        • foreign and domestic policies
        • detente and Vietnam
        • the Southern Strategy and Watergate
    • 1980s
      • Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
        • foreign and domestic policies
        • tax cuts
        • military spending
        • shrinking of the government
        • the new right
      • George H.W. Bush and the end of the Cold War
  • Bill Clinton and Barack Obama

Standing up to defend the only place we have as a home will depend on us by voting out corrupt politicians who represents the greedy class. All corrupt politicians need to be voted out. Regardless if it’s Republicans or Democrats.

Will it take an environmental disaster or a tragedy to vote out corrupt politicians? It seems that we’re heading in the direction to wake people up in which its no longer worth voting for the same corrupt parties who are going make our problems a lot worse. By the time all corrupt politicians are voted out of office then it maybe too late.

It’s up to us to avoid environmental catastrophe.

Four years from now when the Democrats and the Republicans are telling you again that the election is too important to vote for a third-party I want you to remember this post.

I see so many people freaking out and completely melting down about the results of this election. And honestly, I don’t see what you see. I see something completely different.

I see this to be a time where we really learn to question our political system. And I hope we have the introspection to do that, I’d really hate for this election to pass by and all people do is sit there and just pass blame around and be complacent in their political party affiliation. 

No, this is a time to scrutinise our political system entirely. A time to really ponder the effects and detriments of party loyalty. A time to see the disadvantages of a fiercely two-party political system and even more so, a political system which is entirely dependent on parties as opposed to actual individuals and ideas.

Does anyone even know how many potentially beneficial candidates the US has tossed aside all because of party affiliation not aligning with the big 2: republicans or democrats? Like seriously, we’ve been limiting ourselves the whole time because of this sort of narrow-mindedness. We tell ourselves that the only candidates which matter are those belonging to the two mentioned parties, and a vote for anyone else is a waste, and then we go on to blame third-party voters for “handing the election” to what candidate we didn’t like. We’ve created third-party votes to be failures in a mechanistic self-fulfilling prophecy, yet we still don’t ever recognise that’s what we’ve done.

So I want this to be a time for people to see the value in breaking the party system, a time for people to see the power in independent or third-party voting, a time for real democratic values to develop as opposed to semi-democratic party-based cultism and limited candidate potential.

So try to see what I see, that we need introspection, that we need more voter independence, and that we need more significance realised in the individual voice of the voter as opposed to the loudly outspoken voice of political parties. Do not let this election pass by without insight and without the recognition of a need for political refinement in the US.


(Republicans) Have Polluted Our Minds as Well as Our Air & Water (w/Guest Jeffrey Sachs)

The only way to stop corrupt GOP politicians who put profits 1st over people is to elect an entirely new generation of politicians who serious about getting money out of politics. We shouldn’t expect anything anything serious from the Democratic Party.

Look at me. Look me in the eyes. People who insist on voting for Clinton so as to not divide the democrat base aren’t looking at the whole picture. You think the republican base isn’t divided over Trump too? That there AREN’T going to be super comparable numbers of otherwise-republicans flocking to Gary Johnson as there are otherwise-democrats flocking to Jill Stein? Hell, Johnson is polling higher than Stein as far as I’ve seen, and the people who aim to vote for him are overwhelmingly right-wing. Votes are going to be drawn away from both of the major candidates not because the voting population is a wayward mob of spoiled brats; they’re going to be drawn away because a sizable portion of each candidate’s base sees them both as incredibly shitty options. Both are corporate cronies who weave bullshit rhetoric like artists paint pictures.

There are millions of people recognizing how corrupt the two-party system is and how it specifically caters to the interests of the capitalist class. Stop snagging those people and compelling them to conform back into democrat hegemony; or, if you’re gonna do that, /actively oppose the two-party system and Clinton starting in January/ then. If we see the same people “reluctantly” pushing progressives and leftists back into the democrat establishment doing jack shit to oppose Clinton and the two-party system starting in January, we’ll then know that you were all talk and full of shit. I’m not necessarily suggesting that you were in cahoots with the Clinton campaign the whole time, but I am suggesting that you are part of the historic pattern of democrats and establishment liberals absorbing the left-wing and defanging it of all its revolutionary power.

This system isn’t going to improve for the vast majority of people until we recognize how hollowed-out and unhelpful capitalist electoral politics really are.


Gerrymandering Explained