Political Parties: Crash Course Government and Politics 40

Today, Craig is going to talk about political parties and their role in American politics. So, when most people think about political parties they associate them with the common ideologies of the voters and representatives within that party, but the goal of a party is NOT to influence policies. The role of political parties is much simpler: to win control of the government. So today, we’re going got talk about why we have political parties in the first place and then finish with the five functions they use in reaching that goal. It’s a lot to cover, so next week we’ll talk about what each political party stands for and how that has changed historically.

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20 comments

  1. he talks to fast and i have to watch things over and iver because i am trying to understand it

  2. 1) What is the goal of a political party, according to the video?

    2) What are THREE (3) reasons we have political parties, as discussed in the video?

    3) What are 3 out of the 5 main functions of a political party, as stated in the video?

    4) What is a direct primary election, according to the video?

    5) What is an open primary election, according to the video?

    can someone answer these

  3. watching this video in 2020 is a wild experience and lesson on how drastically the status quo can change in one election cycle

  4. “The fact that the party provides different leadership possibilities and some sense of discipline prevents ambitious politicians with largely similar views from competing against each other, like say sixteen candidates running for president all in the same party. Just wouldn’t happen. Ever.”

    *coughs* 2019 Democrat candidate race *coughs*

  5. Honestly George Washington was right. No point in political parties. All they do is divide us.

  6. Since everything is shut down via coronavirus; including classes at my fancy *community* college, my American Government professor is now just sending us links to watch these Crash Course vids. 😂👌🏻

    You know, so I could teach myself the chapters needed in order to study for this really important final… which is today. I’ll be alright though.

    Unfortunately, I’ve been bogged down with late-stage procrastination, leaving me to forever stumble around upon an unending path of useless distractions & commenting

  7. Nowadays both Democrats and Republicans are the same you can’t tell what they stand for by there party.

  8. Notice how all examples used in this video referencing republicans are framed as “bad” or negative while all examples with democrats are framed as “positive”.
    This is NPR

  9. Political parties do not matter. You are just getting different flavor of the same corruption to screw the people.

  10. You realize that George Washington has the biggest ‘I Told You So’ in American History.