SS.7.C.2.8 VOCAB

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Communist Party
a political party that believes the government should control the entire economy, and there should be no private ownership of business
Democratic Party
a political party that believes that the federal government should take a more active role in people's lives, particularly those who are in need
Libertarian Party
a political party that believes in individual freedom and believes the only purpose of government is to protect this freedom
political party
an organization that tries to get political power by electing members to public office so that their political ideas can become laws or policies
Republican Party
a political party that believes that the federal government should play a less active role in people's lives and that individuals can take care of themselves without government help
Socialist Party
a political party that believes in democratic government but also that the government should run some of the largest parts of the economy
third party
a political party that is not one of the two major parties in the country; a minor party
two party system
a political system consisting primarily of two major parties, more or less equal in strength
party platform
a written statement of the goals of a political party