So, the US presidential election 2020… One thing it really shows, is that the United States are completely politically divided.
- polarization – the fact of people or opinions being divided into two opposing groups
- speechwriter – a person whose job is to write speeches that are given by someone else, for example a politician
- glue – a substance used to stick things tightly together
- compromise – a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument
- rivals – different people or groups competing with each other for the same thing
- to get sacrificed – to be given up for something else that is seen as more important
- two-party system – a system in which two important political parties dominate the politics in a country
- independents – here: people who don’t belong to a political party
- the constitution – the basic principles and laws of a nation or state (grondwet)
- civil war – a war between groups of people in the same country
- unity – the state of different areas or groups being joined together to form a single country and be in agreement
- Why is America so politically divided?
- Which two elements are essential for a well-functioning government?
- What does Dustin Lawson say about the two-party system in the US?
- Did the United States have a two-party system from the beginning?
- In 1864, the Republican president Abraham Lincoln chose a Democrat as vice president. Why?
Listen carefully to Gerald Ford’s words of wisdom. Write them down. Learn them by heart.
Extra 2 (B1)
Watch the video once more.
Which of the following US presidents are mentioned?
Martin Van Buren
John F. Kennedy