Political Science 1 - Introduction To Political Science - Power Point #12
Dr. Tabakian’s Political Science 1 US Government – Spring 2013 Power Point Presentation #12
COURSE LECTURE TOPICS• Foundation Of California Politics• California Republican Party• Democratic Party Of California• Power Structure Of Both Major Parties• Interest Groups In The Golden State • Aerospace • Environmental and “Green” Companies • Media – Music, Film, Television • Agriculture • Healthcare • Computer Technology • Transportation• Campaign Highlights• Upton Sinclairs “The Jungle”
“GREEN” COMPANIES – TESLACalifornia influences the nation. If thestate were its own country it would bethe 6th most economically powerful.The Golden State also influencesnational as well as world opinion.Californians are known to be pro-conservationist. “Green” policy is alsoprofitable. Tesla is a relatively new carcompany located in San Carlos,California. They are leading therebirth of the electric car. This is a“Nightline” report of the TeslaRoadster that aired May 25, 2007.
CALIFORNIA AGRICULTUREAgriculture is a major industry for the Golden State. With 88,000farms and ranches, California agriculture is nearly a $32 billiondollar industry that generates $100 billion in related economicactivity. This enormous achievement is possible through acombination of tradition and innovation that has securedCalifornias status as the most productive agricultural state formore than 50 years. Farmers and ranchers blend old-fashionednotions of patience and perseverance with cutting-edgetechnologies and advanced agricultural practices. The result is ahighly adaptable and diverse industry encompassing more than350 plant and animal commodities. (Source: California Department of Food & Agriculture)
MAINSTREAM MEDIA• Mainstream media generates over $60 billion in related economic activity• Some put the estimate at over $80 billion• Various aspects apply to making this estimate
PARTISANSHIPVariables can help determine partisanship like the religion, socialstatus and place of residence of the individual. For example,Catholics tend to be Democrats and Protestants tend to beRepublicans. Those individuals having a low social status tendedto associate with the Democrats and those holding high socialstatus tended to be Republican. Rural citizens tend to be moreclosely associated with the Republican Party and those residing inthe urban areas tended to lean towards the Democratic Party. Aconglomeration of variables or even a particular characteristic canassist us in determining individual behavior. Though this is true, itis the degree of partisanship one holds that remains the bestpredictor for determining how one may vote on Election Day.
CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTYThere are three conservative factions within theRepublican Party. Individuals may identify themselveswith more than one. These are:1. Financial Conservatives2. Social Conservatives3. Moral Conservatives Moral Conservatives are the most partisan and ideological who impact statewide office seekers during a primary.
CRP - MORAL CONSERVATIVE IMPACTGovernor Davis faced considerableopposition during his re-electioncampaign for governor. Richard Riordanwas viewed as the most formidableopponent if he were to be theRepublican nominee. Gray Davis’sstrategy was to attack Richard Riordanduring the primary so the moreconservative opponent, Bill Simonacquires the nomination. Thesecampaign commercials from Gray Daviswere directed towards moralconservatives to nominate Bill Simon.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CALIFORNIAThe Democratic Party Of California is not split into three distinctfactions. It is known as the “Big Tent” or “Big Umbrella” Party.Though the party consists of various interest groups that are in aconstant pursuit for power, it does not have the same problem asthe California Republican Party.
MAJOR PARTY POWER DISTRIBUTIONEven though the nationalparties have become weaker National Partyand less active, that thesame cannot be said of state State Partyand local partyorganizations. Parties at the Local City / County Party Local City / County Partysub-national level arestronger and more active Local City / County Party Local City / County Partythan they were in the 1950s,which was at the peak of Local City / County Party Local City / County Partypartisanship. It wasdiscovered that aspartisanship continued toerode that they shifted gearsin order to bolster theirmembership base.
AMERICA’S TWO PARTY SYSTEMOur system maintains a process whereunsuccessful parties are discarded orforced to join with other minor parties,which in this case has resulted in theformation of two major parties. Many of therules pertaining to elections in the UnitedStates have been designed to weed outnuisance candidates. Only thosecandidates who have demonstrated agood deal of public support are allowedaccess. America continues to enjoy astable political system that is maintainedwith its two party system. Enjoy this videoof Frank Grimes, the 2004 nominee of theAmerican Fascist Union for thePresidency!
PROPAGANDA – MEET KING JOEMeet King Joe” is a classic capitalistpropaganda film from 1949 that tries toconvince American workers of theirgood fortune. At the time of production,American business was the best in theworld resulting from the worldwidedevastation following World War II.Capitalism stresses the necessity forcapitalists to remain in pursuit of ever-increasing levels of efficiency andinnovation that in turn will allowcontinuous societal progression. Howdoes this propaganda cartoon contrastwith “Walden”?
PROPAGANDA & COMMERCIALISMPrivate business utilizes propaganda tomarket products and services throughvarious methods. Television remainsthe best method of content distributioneven though the Internet continues toclaim greater market share. This is thefamous Pepsi commercial starringBritney Spears and Senator Bob Dole.Though the commercial is selling“Pepsi” one may notice the patrioticsymbolism tying the “company” with theUnited States. The first airing of thiscommercial was in March 2001.
RICHARD NIXON’S “CHECKERS”Presidential Candidate Dwight D.Eisenhower was close to dropping RichardNixon from the ticket due to allegations ofcampaign fraud. Critics accused thenRepresentative of California Richard Nixonof using campaign funds for personalexpenses. This is the famous “CheckersSpeech” that was broadcasted live onSeptember 23, 1952. It was forever knownas the “Checkers Speech” as RichardNixon claims that the only personal giftwas a dog given by a campaigncontributor. Richard Nixon’s daughterTricia named the dog “Checkers”. Enjoythis brilliant piece of propaganda!
PRESIDENT FORD SLIPS UPThe 1976 presidential racebetween President Gerald Ford andGovernor Jimmy Carter was duringa time of great national uncertainty.President Gerald Ford stated,“There is no Soviet domination ofEastern Europe and never will beunder a Ford Administration.” Thisremark was made during the heightof the Cold War. Many claim thatthis misstatement may have costhim the election. Enjoy the video.
PRESIDENT REAGAN MAKES A CRACKPresident Ronald Reagan wasfamous for his various one-liners.During the second presidentialdebate between Ronald Reaganand Walter Mondale on October 21,1984, the following question wasasked, “Should the Presidents ageand stamina be an issue in thepolitical campaign?” RonaldReagan’s response resulted inlaughter. Enjoy the video.
DAN QUAYLE VERSUS LLOYD BENTSENThe Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraskahosted the vice-presidential debate onOctober 5, 1988. One of the moderators,Judy Woodruff, set the stage byaddressing the audience: "Based on thehistory since World War II, there is almosta 50-50 chance that one of the two menhere tonight will become President of theUnited States.” After Dan Quayle thencompared himself to John FitzgeraldKennedy, Lloyd Bentsen famouslyremarked, “Senator, you’re no JackKennedy”. Enjoy the video.