The Simpsons: A Little Girl is Losing Faith in Democracy
  • Government → Types of Government → Democracy

During an essay contest, Lisa Simpson shares an impassioned speech about corruption in the United States government. The events that follow suggest the opposite: that the government is fighting corruption and serving the people. By contrast, another contestant shares his perspective of America as a land of opportunity for his immigrant family.

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  1. Why has Lisa lost faith in democracy?
  2. Is democracy an effective form of government? Why has Lisa lost faith in the system?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the characteristics of the following political systems: theocracy, absolute monarchy, democ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    compare the U.S. constitutional republic to historical and contemporary forms of government such as ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the structure and functions of the government created by the U.S. Constituti...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    define and differentiate among different types of government and discuss the legitimacy of those in ...

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