View Poll Results: What influenced your political outlook the most?

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  • Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Disney, Metro-Goldwin-Mayer, FOX, CNN

    2 10.53%
  • A speech by Obama or Bush

    0 0%
  • Books

    11 57.89%
  • College

    3 15.79%
  • The pen is blue!

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Foley View Post
    What has influenced your way of thinking the most?
    My parent's divorce when I was 5, and their behavior towards eachother and in their personal lives proceeding since.

    Where is that in your poll?

    For example:
    ~Abortion, pro-choice is trying to justify mothers tossing out their children, just like my sisters and I were tossed out like trash.

    ~SSM: pro-ssm is saying either mothers or fathers aren't important, when they were very important to me and their absence was dearly missed. Aslo, pro-ssm is saying that as a father, I am not important to my children, which is a personal offence.

    ~Guns: anti-gun is saying we should not be allowed to defend ourselves from perverts, like a boyfriend my mother had who was a pedophile and was caught naked in my sister's room watching her sleep. pro-gun-controle is also saying that we should exist at the whim of evil people, just like various adults who drank all the time and were the reason I carried a high-powered pellet gun to highschool and searched my house room-to-room every single day when I came home. Thank God I had it, too, because I needed it.....

    ~Taxes: Liberals are saying that we shouldn't get to keep what we earn, just like my stepmother would 'confiscate' my allowance for truly petty things after I did the extra chores to earn the money and had plans for it.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Media or current politicians having the greatest influence would be quite sad. There are too many models of political theory and implementation that existed before our lifetimes, well before Obama or Bush, so in a way i guess books. Teenage years were kind of suspended until college, so I was in for quite a shock all at once. Surrounded by people who believed passionately in what they were doing, this was a critical time. Still, i hope my opinions are malleable enough even now that life experience, so long as it's grounded in logic, will continue to shape them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    ~SSM: pro-ssm is saying either mothers or fathers aren't important, when they were very important to me and their absence was dearly missed. Aslo, pro-ssm is saying that as a father, I am not important to my children, which is a personal offence.
    I would never say such a thing and I find it offensive you assume so. I simply, like many others, believe 2 fathers can parent effectively, especially when we're talking about kids who had neither. I'm sure it sucks terribly to lose a parent, but that's not what SSM is about. As far as adopting, it's about replacing a void with stability, something I would think conservatives approve of. Many married couples, gay or straight, never have kids also.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    The pen is blue.

    No talking points by any media or political figure has stuck with me for any significant amount of time.

    College hasn't been much of an eye-opener either for me so far, but perhaps that's because I started college after spending some time in the world, not before. The college culture really isn't doing anything for me. Sometimes it feels like actual classes are what I put up with so I can do the only thing I feel I'm getting something out of, which is running the paper.

    Book have had an influence on me - and some a major influence - but I wouldn't say they have influenced my way of thinking the most.

    My experiences with people have had the most influence on me. They're the things that stick with me and that I spend the most time considering and trying to make sense of. I learned how to think critically not from school, but from my father, and I can't even really remember when we had that particular lesson plan because I was so extremely young. Everything else I learned in practice. Some of it I feel I failed miserably at, but even within that there's something to learn if you can just manage to live through it. So far so good.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    I didnt vote in the poll, there was no reasonable answer for me to choose.

    Life has influenced me, what ive personally experienced and have seen during my life.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Foley View Post
    What has influenced your way of thinking the most?
    None of the above.

    This did.

    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    None of the above.

    This did.

    This video has influenced your entire political outlook ?

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    This video has influenced your entire political outlook ?
    It has, and the series of it.

    It has because it showed me how vital it is to understand the sciences behind policies, and how important it is to factor the statistics in the policies a government pursues.

    This is why I am a proponent of legalizing all recreational drugs. I think that if we factored the numbers into it, the monetary costs to a society allowing the use of recreational drugs will be less than the monetary costs to a society criminalizing and prosecuting it.

    So this video started to get me to understand thinking on a harder scientific level. And doing that got me to understand thinking on a harder economic level. And, from that kind of thinking I've evolved my personal political philosophy.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    I would have to say my former, and current teachers. I've been really lucky and have had amazing teachers who have taught me to think critically, analytically, and for myself. I'm very grateful for them.
    I had a couple teachers like you, I remember Mr. Read for 7th and 8th grade.
    But, mostly, it was my parents and not going to church.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    Simple, logic.
    I have not found functional logic to be simple.

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    Re: What has influenced your way of thinking the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    Living and working in numerous countries on 5 continents. The more of the world I saw the more my beliefs changed.
    I'd like you to consider this question w/o jumping to an answer. Did your beliefs change into other different beliefs or did they change into something different than beliefs? Thanks.

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