How should we govern: americans take pride in democratic gov"t. Maintain a national defense: gov"t protects its national sovereignty by maintaining armed forces, us spends over billion/year on national defense. Preserve order: every gov"t has some means of maintaining order, may resort to extreme measures in cases of large numbers. Collect taxes: 1 out of 3 dollars earned by citizens goes to national, state, and local taxes. Pols 206 - roblyer: pays for public goods and services. Voting turnout: low voter turnout has effect on who holds political power, voters distorted example of public as whole because not many people show up to polls, groups w/ high turnout rate benefit more. Politics as a vocation: run for office and earn a living from holding political office. Single-issue groups: groups so concerned w/ one issue that members cast votes based solely on that issue, treat politics as critical to their interests, ignore politicians" stand on anything else.