American Democracy and Ideology: A Critical-Polemical Perspective
Mary L. Rucker, Theresa I. Myadze
The purpose of this article is to present a brief critical-polemical perspective on the Republican Party and the ultra-conservative Tea Partythat controls it. We rely on two functions of ideology and how they influence the political behavior and decisions of the Republican Party. The ideologies of contradiction and reification limit the American people’s ability to understandthe political system that prevents them from engaging political communication with their elected officials. This study finds that elected officials tend to consciously and/or unconsciously influence American citizens to support the status quo by going against themselves and their economic, social, and political interests.
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