We understand politics and government through the lenses we have developed over our lifetime. These lenses are framed by the agents of socialization that have had the greatest impact on us. For this Essay, I’d like you to read sections 1.1 through 7.1 of the Political Culture chapter of Texas Politics (in Assigned Readings) and think about where you came from and how you have been raised to understand politics and government.
In the first part of this reflective essay, I’d like you to respond to the following prompts:
· Are you a native Texan or have you arrived in Texas from another place? What is your immigrant background?
· Were you raised in a household where politics and government were discussed? Was the tone of the discussions positive or negative about the role of government and politicians in society? Who was most influential in shaping your political beliefs?
· Do you have a lot of confidence in the ethics of privately owned businesses? If so, why? If not, why not?
· Do you have a lot of confidence in the operation of public (government) programs? If so, why? if not, why not?
· When it comes to politics, do you consider yourself liberal, conservative, or something else? Why? How do you know this about yourself? If you are unsure, take the Political Typology Quiz to find out: http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
In the second part of this essay, I’d like you to read an article you may find at this link: http://urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu/2016/04/25/as-inequality-rises-so-does-support-for-government-action/#.WWElfxPys1g (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
· The final paragraph of your discussion response must include your takeaway from the article. Generally, do you or do you not support government action to reduce rising inequalities that are found in localities like Houston? What is the basis of your response?
I want to assess your understanding of the assigned readings in Module 1, so you must write in your own words (no quotes, no paraphrases, no copy/paste from websites, etc.). To earn full points you must demonstrate your understanding by responding to the prompts in a well-written essay of at least 270 words (that’s about a page double-spaced in 12-point font). Please use spell/grammar check (I like www.Grammarly.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) or take advantage of free writing help through HCC’s Upswing (hccs.upswing.io (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.). Writing well takes time and practice; I encourage you to give yourself the time needed to practice (i.e., write in drafts) and do well.