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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 3/12/2006 4:51:23 PM EDT
If you were going to try to explain the difference between political parties to a 13 yo - what would be the most fundamental points to point out?

Without bashing please, how would you explain the differences between the Republican, Democratic and LIberal parties?

I didn't think that explaining them could be so complicated.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 4:53:00 PM EDT
Republicans = Good
Democraps = Bad
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 4:53:40 PM EDT
make a list of the issues that the parties support, and compare the lists to each other.

explain the issues first.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 4:57:06 PM EDT
I think you'd be better off explaining the differences of conservatism and liberalism.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 4:58:40 PM EDT
Socialists vs communists
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:00:46 PM EDT
Don't know enough about Canadian politics to comment on the Liberal Party.

Sorry
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:05:05 PM EDT
alright alright alright....

As I said - I need the facts. I find myself getting "worked up" when explaining politics because I keep explaining as right vs wrong. How can I keep my own opinions out of it? It's my cousin and her parents see things very different from me.

Instead or arguing, how can I list the main points of each party and what are the key ones that I should use?
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:44:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2006 5:50:10 PM EDT by maximumbob_tx]
If you can explain to me how to get their attention long enough to explain political parties in America, you are probably smarter than I am and don't need my advice.

But seriously, did you just decide it was time to have that talk?
Is he displaying curiosity about it?

If he/she's curious, it's easy. Just start having a conversation.
If he's not, I'd start off slow; try to find a way to intrigue him.
I don't know, maybe blogs, if he/she likes computers/the internet. <if you at least occasionally check out what he's reading, and talk about it with hime or her>

Good luck.

Updated to add:

Instead or arguing, how can I list the main points of each party and what are the key ones that I should use?

I don't see anything wrong with interjecting your opinions, just keep a sense of humor about it. Nor do I see anything wrong with viewing the whole thing through a right/wrong perspective. It might , however, make explaining politics harder.
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