Political Parties are groups that form because they generally have the same or similar beliefs on how a nation should be governed. In the United States there are two major political parties: Democrats and Republicans. We call them the major parties because they generally have the most power and influence to get things done in politics. Democratic ideals focus towards the good of the community and social responsibility. Republicans are more focused on individual rights and justice. There are other political parties, but they do not have enough followers or momentum to get their members elected. With the advent of technology, these candidates have been able to get their message in front of more people and we would expect to these parties gain more momentum.
The reading passages focus on understanding the general views and positions of the two major U.S. political parties as well as alternate third parties. We also look at how these groups relate to their interest groups.