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Political Socialization

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Dayana Joseph U.S. Government Victoria Hammond 6-14-10 A population's views on political issues may change as different circumstances occur each day. "Political socialization is the learning process by which people acquire their political opinions, beliefs, and values" (Patterson 201). The environment around us has a powerful influence on the decisions we produce and the views we choose to hold as American citizens. After attending the current lecture about public opinion and political socialization in U.S. Government, I began to ponder on my political views and ideologies. Political socialization takes place in every society, but it is done in a variety of ways. The most prominent agents of political socialization are family, religion, and race. Family plays a very important role in politically socializing me, especially in learning how to conduct my social behavior on a routine day. From the time I was an infant, my family started politically socializing me. One of the first steps of this was, potty training. When I was being potty trained I was taught that I cannot urinate anywhere like I used to when wearing a diaper. I was taught that the restroom is the socially acceptable place. Family also provided me with practical lessons of fundamental principles to use in a society other than my own. For example, washing my hands before I eat is a simple task that is done in most societies. ...read more.

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I allowed them to guide me and take care of me in their own way as they managed to follow the roots of their ancestors. One of the very first things that I learned from my parents was that I was an Orthodox Christian. Being an Orthodox Christian comes with great responsibility to uphold belief in God and accepting the fact that God is here to protect us. "Religious beliefs have always been a source of solidarity among group members and a source of conflict with outsiders" (Patterson 209). As a religious observer, I believe that certain issues such as abortion and gay rights is morally wrong considering what is written in the Holy Bible. My parents, previous Sunday School teachers, and my priest have taught me to use the Bible as a resource guide to direct me to the right path in life and do not fall into the trap of "Satan". Most Americans including myself believe that religion has answers to many of the problems facing society today. I believe if we combine as a group of religious practitioners, then we can eliminate the discrepancies and fallacies of government opinions and decisions. Since Orthodox Christianity is an organized religion that follows the ideals and beliefs of scriptures and sacred traditions as well as gives importance to the Holy Trinity, it plays a substantial role in shaping an individual's social and political opinions. ...read more.

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I learned throughout the years that one of my main desires is to protect, conserve, and trust in the old ways and provide help to other people. I am a person who does not like change and very steadfast in my beliefs. My political ideology affects my decision of a party affiliation, but not so much on choosing a political candidate. I would like to be a part of a group that shares related beliefs so that it would be much easier in understanding their view point. If a particular party affiliation has the same views, the group would be an even more effective way to influence other citizens, encourage maintenance of traditional institutions and oppose rapid change. Political ideology is not important when concerning a political candidate because this certain individual might have great ideas to put forth without being a conservative. Therefore, ideology would not influence my vote in election because I would like to base my vote on what the political candidates have to offer and say about economic issues that we are facing today. I intend to vote in the upcoming elections in November because it would be a great opportunity for me to participate and put my voice out there. I look forward to this chance so I can choose a candidate that I want to win based on their individual platform and what they have to offer. ...read more.

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