What Is the Tea Party?

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The Tea Party movement is a populist political movement formed in the United States in 2009, mainly opposed to excessive taxation and government intrusion into business while advocating stricter immigration controls.

What Are Swing States?

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Unlike many other countries in the world, the United States does not elect a president based on a direct popular vote total. Instead, elections are determined by the Electoral College, a process whereby individual states are assigned a specific number of Electoral College votes. The presidential candidate who receives a majority of those votes is then elected president.

Unitary Executive Theory

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Unitary executive theory is the concept that the president controls the entire executive branch of the American government. While people on the executive branch can advise presidents and criticize their decisions, they cannot overrule them. The cabinet help make executive decisions, but the president always has the final say.

What Is Pluralism?

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Pluralism is the idea that people of different cultures can coexist in society even though they have different political opinions. Pluralists believe that society benefits from various people with different beliefs equally participating in the same society.

How Does Democracy Protect Minority Rights?

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In a democracy, whether you lose in a political debate or an election, or belong to a minority group due to ethnic background, geographic location, religious belief, gender preference, civil status, educational experience, or socioeconomic level — you are guaranteed fundamental human rights. No one — not any person, government, nor the majority — can remove these rights from you. This is called the Majority Rule, Minority Rights Principle, which holds the twin pillars of democracy.

What Is a Parliamentary System?

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One thing that makes the United States government different from most governments in Europe is the lack of a parliamentary system. What is a parliamentary government, and how is it different from the American one? Does the United States gain anything by not using a parliamentary system?