A Manifestation of Political Independence on the Part of the Voters


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A Manifestation of Political Independence on the Part of the Voters
PPPA 8380 Week 7 Assignment
The decline of party loyalty is a complex phenomenon, one that is only partially understood. However, at this particular juncture in American political history, it appears as if the decline of party loyalty is a manifestation of political independence on the part of the voters. For example, during the last Presidential election, Obama doubtlessly won many votes that had previously gone to Bush. In an environment of lockstep loyalty, those votes would have gone to McCain. Thus, in at least this single election, the decline of party loyalty can be understood as an expression of voter independence from hardcore ideological positions. There is, to...
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.....ill never criminalize abortion, as forcing women into unwanted pregnancies will only keep them out of the workforce. Yet simpleton voters keep supporting ‘values’ Republicans who screech against abortion on the campaign trail, but conveniently keep quiet once they get to office (because, as Frank 2004 also argues, values rhetoric is seldom attached to political substance). The bottom line is that, as Hudson (2009) points out (p. 35), the same specialist interests finance each and every campaign, so there is a great deal of consensus built into the system.
Frank, T. (2004). What’s the matter with Kansas? New York: Macmillan.
Hudson, W.E. (2009). American democracy in peril: Eight challenges to America’s future. New York: CQ Press.