Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Disney, Metro-Goldwin-Mayer, FOX, CNN
A speech by Obama or Bush
The pen is blue!
My parents, especially my mum, who gave me my sense of humour. Wilbur Smith, even though he's a historical fiction writer, I've devoured his books ever since I was about 10, so they've left a mark. Communism, though I'm no longer a communist, it gave me a lens through which to view the world, and shattering that lens expanded my view to a great degree. My year 12 history teacher, through her I developed my sense of nationalism. And a **** load more.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Experience has taught me the most. All my opinions haven't completely changed but matured, grown in depth and fairness of application over time. Because things are not always black and white, sometimes they're grey and it's not just the destination but also the journey.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
My granddaddy was incredibly political; he was a Republican politician from South Carolina that used to go quail hunting with the likes of Strom Thurmond, and ran for state senate a few times. I stayed Republican all the way up until 2003 (when I graduated HS) then I kind of didn't care for a few years. When I lived on my own, along with a lot of reading I slowly became more moderate and democrat. Now that I have a family I am slightly more socially conservative.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
I would have to say Rush. I thought I was a lib because I really didn't pay much attention to politics and always heard Dem's are for the working man and reps are for the rich. Being a working man I thought I must be Dem. One day I stumbled onto some guy named Rush on the radio and it was like a light bulb turned on, I agreed with this guy. It was in that era around 20 years ago that I started paying attention to politics and discovered I was basically conservative and definitely not democrat.
The pen is blue.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
I would have to say my father. He is a brilliant man with a gifted IQ (just shy of genius) and probably the smartest man I have known in any significant way. While we do not agree on every single issue experience has taught me to heavily consider his views as I have found them to be right much much more then they are wrong.
Decades of living has influenced my way of thinking the most. I have been blessed with a mind capable of observing consequences of certain societal and political actions, and determining whether I believe those consequences were beneficial or detrimental to society, my country and the world in general.
I've determined that strict dogma of any kind is detrimental because it creates a hive mentality, incapable of objective observation by seeing only what it has been taught to see, and ignoring all the rest. Religious dogma, partisian dogma, capitalist dogma, socialist dogma... all pockets of brainwashing that views any contradicting opinion, any compromise or blending of purist thought, as a threat that must be exterminated. This completely stagnates one's ability to envision a reality beyond their own ideological box.
A mind really is a terrible thing to waste.
Last edited by DiAnna; 05-13-12 at 07:40 PM.