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Lillie Minor
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Chapter 9 Assignment: Political Parties

The first issue I am going to discuss three different political views on is abortion. It seems as though abortion is such a fought on topic between people of different political parties. This is an issue with two clear sides, but one way of looking at that I had not seen before. It was really interesting to see these three different/similar views on such a big topic.
First off is the Democratic party. On this issue the Democratic party supports a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. They argue that this kind of a decision is intensely personal to the women and her family. In this decision, there is no place for the government or politicians. They are on the side of pro-choice because they believe that each and every woman should be able to decide whether they want to be pregnant and have a baby. Woman should not be forced into doing something with their body just because it is what the government is saying. This kind of a decision should not involve the government.
Next I looked at the Green party and their view on abortion. The view of the Green party was actually quite similar to that of the Democrat party. The Green party supports a woman’s right to reproductive choice, no matter her marital status. Also, they believe that a woman should have access to a safe and legal abortion procedure. Like the Democratic party, the Green party is on the side of pro-choice. They believe that it is up to the woman who is pregnant to decide what it is she wants to do with her body. Women’s right to control their bodies is non-negotiable. Also, they are very strong on their opinion of having safe and legal abortions available to all women. It is a woman’s right to control her body, and to do so it is essential for safe and legal abortions to be available.
The last party I looked at was the Libertarian party. It was interesting to read about them because they do not seem to take a side on the issue. They believe that the government should stay out of the matter, and it should be left up to each person to make the decision on their own. Also, they say that choices regarding the woman’s body and the fetus inside are up to the woman, not the state. The Libertarian party seemed to be neither pro-choice or pro-life. They believe that people can hold good-faith views on both sides of the issue. This party realizes how sensitive of an issue this is, and they hold good-faith views on both sides.
The issue I am going to discuss is same-sex marriage. To me, this is something I always hear and see people fighting and arguing about.
The democratic party supports these civil rights. The Democratic party is fighting to end discrimination in all forms, including sexual orientation. They support the equal treatment, respect, and protections under law for everyone regardless of their orientation. The Democratic party also supports equality of marriage. If people love each other, then they should be able to marry. They have taken this position on the issue because they believe that all people should able to love who they love without consequences.
Next up was looking into the Green party's views. Again, they were quite similar to those of the Democratic party. The Green party supports equal rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, to housing, jobs, civil marriage, medical benefits, child custody, and in all areas of activity enjoyed by all citizens. They believe that this is right because someone should not be treated differently or denied something just because of their sexual orientation.
When looking into the Libertarian views I found them to be quite different from those of the other two parties. This party believes that companies and private organizations can deny anyone service. The Libertarian party believes that these places retain the right to set standards for what they deem appropriate. But, they also say that individuals then should have the right to to respond with ostracism, boycotts and other free market solutions. They seem a little neutral in the issue. They never refer to someone’s sexual orientation as right or wrong. It appears as though they take o general stand on the issue in saying that it is up to each different person to decide what they believe to the right or wrong choice.
The last issue I am going to look into is gun control. Again this is a widely disputed topic. I think that this topic is a big one, but not quite as big as the other issues I have discussed.
The Democratic party recognizes and sees that the right to bear arms is an important part of American tradition, and that it is their Second Amendment right. But, they do think that the right to own firearms is subject to regulation. They want to focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially those strengthening the background check system. Also, they believe that reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole (so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few). They take this stand on the issue because of gun violence. There are terrible consequences in gun violence, such as death, and this really hits some people hard. So, they believe that with the right regulations gun violence can be diminished. The Green party seemed to be in favor of gun control. Some of their gun control measures include extending background checks to all private sales of firearms, and eliminating the gun show loophole that permits the sale of weapons without background checks. Due to incidents in the past, the Green party has considered gun control. There have been many cases where background checks were not used, and a gun was put into the hands of the wrong person. And because of this they believe that the gun show loop should be eliminated. Finally, the Libertarian party. The Libertarian party is against gun control. They believe that a person should be able to have tools for self defense. And because of this, they believe that there should not be restrictions on the ownership, manufacture, or sale of firearms. They are also opposed to the laws requiring registration of firearms or ammunition. One thing I learned from this assignment was how similar the Democratic party and the Green party were. On the issues that I looked into these two parties really said the same thing, and had the same stance/ideas on the different issues. But, for each of these issues the Libertarian party had an opposite idea/stance than the Democratic party and the Green party. The most surprising thing was how similar the Democratic party and the Green party are. I always thought each party was really different, and never agreed on things. But, this assignment really changed how I see the different political parties that we have.

Sources; http://www.gp.org/ http://www.democrats.org/people/lgbt-community http://www.lp.org/ http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

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