Political Politics And Political Spectrum Essay

853 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
In today’s political culture, many people choose which candidate they will support based upon where he or she lies on the political spectrum. Where someone would lie in the political spectrum is based upon his or her viewpoints on the economy, foreign policy, defense, social issues, and almost anything else that an elected official would have to make a decision upon. The main categories of the political spectrum are: radically liberal, establishment liberal, moderate, establishment conservative, and radically conservative. An example of a 2016 presidential candidate for each each category of the political spectrum in that respective order is: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. Some candidates, like Donald Trump and Rand Paul, do not perfectly fit on this spectrum. The liberal and conservative candidates are split up by the two party system. Even though the two party system has been around for the entirety of American history (with the exception of the Era of Good Feelings), this political spectrum is relatively new. Something historians and political scientists like to do is grade past politicians upon this political spectrum. Many candidates, like Franklin D. Roosevelt, are easy to determine. Others, like President Teddy Roosevelt, are not specifically clear about where they lie on the political spectrum. To determine where President Roosevelt lies on the political spectrum, one needs to first discuss his political positions. The big…

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