What is politics ?! Episode 24: The Future of the GOP and the Divisions Within the Democratic Party

What is politics ?!  Episode 24: The Future of the GOP and the Divisions Within the Democratic Party

by: Emily Cervarich and Victoria Holmes

Posted: Mar 2, 2021 / 3:54 PM EST / Updated: Mar 2, 2021 / 3:54 PM EST

GREENVILLE, North Carolina (WNCT) – Digital journalists Victoria Holmes and Emily Cervarich speak with Dr David McLannan, professor and political analyst at Meredith College in North Carolina.

“The ideal for Aristotle is that knowledgeable people participate fully in the political system, and that informed citizenship begins with a rational understanding of political problems, their causes and effects.”

Dr David McLennan

For years there has been a noticeable rift between the leadership of the Republican Party, and within the Democratic Party we are seeing a rise of the “democratic socialist”. What is behind these growing rifts and how can the parties begin to move forward and mend themselves internally? We question the influence of political “dynasty families,” the so-called “establishment,” and analyze how connected our political leaders are to public reality.

We also examine the difference between the “old” and “new” leaders of Congress and how the new faces are making the city talk.

For this week’s talking point, we’re joined by political science professor David McLennan of Meredith College. Dr. McLennan received his BA and MA in Economics and Rhetoric in Communication Studies from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in communication…

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