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American Ideology and Public Opinion

In part 1 of chapter II, we studied the American Political Culture. This week, we are going to study part 2: American Ideology and Public Opinion.

Ideology is a set of ideas and beliefs about political values and the role of government in people’s lives. In the United States, two major schools of political thought are dominant: liberalism and conservatism. However, the United States is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial society where most citizens share the American Dream and practice their personal life and political convictions freely as guaranteed by the Constitution. But despite this diversity, most Americans continue to identify with their ethnic group even after many generations. People learn their political values, attitudes, and beliefs through the process of political socialization in which family, religion, gender gap, and education play an important role.

The American Language School?

The English school is a space, unlike any other common place. It is a moving train with many a wagon. Each wagon is a state, free and loose. And so, you as a learner by natural predisposition, are free to transition from one wagon into another. In each wagon, there are a few different faces, and each face is flourishing, no doubt. Each wagon has embarked on a healthy competition to be more creative and more productive. And so, each passenger has herself, or himself, embarked on a healthy competition to be more creative and more productive.

الحياة جميلة فاسعى لجمالها

الكل يعرف معنى الكفاح من أجل الحياة. فالحياة جميلة و ما نيل نعيمها أو حتى أبسط حقوقها بالهين. فهي تقتضي العزيمة القوية والصبر المتين و العناد المستميت ومعرفة بمكامن الجمال فيها و المخاطر المحدقة بالطامح المتنور العادل فيها. فنيل المكاسب إنما صعود. و ما الصعود بالأمر السهل. و الحقوق ماهي بالولادة وماهي حق مضمون. فعلى عكس ذلك هي نظرية فكر, يجوز ويجري في إطارها هامش المناورة. عبر العالم تسمع أصواتا صادعة منادية بالإلتزام بالإعلان العالمي لحقوق الإنسان. ومن جهة أخرى, ترى الأموات يسقطون بالآلاف جراء الخروقات واستهداف الأبرياء و الفتك الكيماوي بالمدنيين. من جهة ترى الدول توقع إلتزامات باحترام القوانين الدولية. ومن جهة أخرى تجدها تلتف من حولها و تتلاعب بها إن تعارضت هذه الحقوق مع مصالحها و مصالح نخبها. من جهة ترى المحاكم الدولية توجه سهام تهمها ضد القتلة ومرتكبي الإبادات و من جهة أخرى تراها تسحب تهمها و تبرأ ,مستدلة بعدم توافر الأدلة!

Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test

Lcc Institute has been educating the public on US government and civics  through republication of 100 questions and answers that a candidate must know to become a US citizen. It is a very educational tool to inform individuals about US system of government and the foundations of US government and society. We ask all those interested to follow us on facebook and twitter to prepare for the test and to educate oneself about US government, society, and culture.

US Culture and Society: How Do Americans Think about “the Other” and “the African”?

                                                                             Sunday January 5th, 2014

                                                    US Culture and Society:  How Do Americans Think?

                                                A Cross-cultural Perspective, the Individual and the Other

         Culture is the ensemble of beliefs, customs, traditions, thinking patterns, and systems of thought that prevail in a particular society, community, or group. Humans have for a very long time engaged in the study of societies and their cultures in the pursuit of a better way to engage and work together towards a better understanding of themselves and others. Plenty of productions have been released into the world about how people in a particular country, society, community, or a part of the world think and engage the world around them. In fact, much of these productions lead us to understand one another better and to clear up any misconceptions we may have about those usually called “the other” and presented to us through a narrow prism that many a time fails to grasp even the smallest portion of truth about them or simply dismisses them as undeveloped or unworthy of a civilized engagement. Ideology-driven studies apart, many well-wishing forces in anthropology, sociology, and ethnology do try to provide a balanced portrayal of the other and as a result do shed some good light on people around us, introduce them to us as kind and hospitable folks, and lay the groundwork for much friendship and business. African cultures, for example, deserve all the love and the attention. So instead of portraying them as undeveloped people, as is the case in much of orientalist discourse vis-à-vis the African, we should strive to make every effort to elevate African states to the status of a partner and not relegate them to that of a colony. The African cultures are as active as their music. You dance to their rhythms, and as a consequence you realize the magical truth that you have, as a result of engaging the African art and music, spiritually healed and then you feel like you have made a million African friends instantly. The recent economic and geo-political developments as well as the nascent cultural shifts in and around Africa and the world have pushed many a great country to make every effort possible to recognize Africa and the Africans as partners and not merely subjects linked to their European master on war fronts and dismissed as no more beneficial once the African slave-soldiers were no more needed to fight wars on behalf of their masters. In fact, there is an enormous potential manifest in the wealth of human resources available to us here and around the world.  That is only attainable through the recognition of the cultures of those human resources, the people of those human resources, and the merit of the folks who own and manage those resources. When we grant others that which we offer ourselves so readily, we will have accepted their cultures, we will have allowed ourselves the honor and the privilege to build, in 49 sub-Saharan countries, long-term friendships and business partnerships that are really based on trust and mutual respect, and not short-term ravages of the grab of greed.

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