American Political Culture
Since our nation's founding, Americans have agreed on and shared core political values. These values are liberty, equality, and democracy. Sharing core values though has not been a guarantee of political consensus. There have been disagreements over the role of government and how far it should go in trying to enforce these values. How do you go about reducing inequality and not squashing liberties? It's often taken a real-life need, such as economic help during the Great Depression, for Americans to support government regulations or programs surrounding subjects seen before the need as an infringement upon liberties.
In the area of economic liberty, the United States has slowly moved from laissez-faire capitalism- a free market without regulation to supporting certain restrictions set in place to protect the public. When the country underwent the Great Depression, the New Deal was introduced. The New Deal was a job creation and social program package that was put into place by the government to help pull the country out of its jobless state. Nothing was done like this by our government before. Another recent example, after the hit of the recession in 2008, there were new restrictions placed on lenders to prevent loans from being handed out to those who can't feasibly pay them back later down the line.
Equality in reference to gender identity has been in the spotli...