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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Yes, my wife, my mother and my in-laws are conservative, even with my wife's family being from overseas. Religious and political views matching were things I looked for in a lady, one reason I didn't marry until my 30's. The liberal bug was contagious in college, but I have a good immune system.
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    Nope.
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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    In many of my political science classes we talk about how people choose their partisanship/ideology. One of the main ways people socially become their political partisanship/ideology is because of their parents and share the same partisanship/ideology.
    So my question to you is: "Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?"
    My parents weren't the slightest bit political and I don't remember any discussions/debates related to public policy issues at home. They spent too much time just trying to feed, house, and raise my three older brothers and I.

    It may sound odd, but I first got interested in politics in high school during the Nixon impeachment proceedings and I was the only one in my classes, including the teachers, who spent any time defending the former President and the many good things he did in office. It's one of the reasons "academics" and their preaching to captive audiences irritates me so much and why I became interested in American politics.

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    This begs the question of why so many kids don't carry the religious and/or political views they were raised under.
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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    In many of my political science classes we talk about how people choose their partisanship/ideology. One of the main ways people socially become their political partisanship/ideology is because of their parents and share the same partisanship/ideology.
    So my question to you is: "Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?"
    My father (who cares) is significantly more liberal than I am - two time Obama voter, etc. My mother (who doesn't) is more tempermentally conservative.

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    I think it's worth pointing out the old formulation - if you're not not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative when you're old, you have no head. It is quite possible that many of our younger posters who have more conservative parents will end up closer to them than they suspect.

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    I am coming from a very liberal family. I was liberal till I was about 16/17. then I became a conservative which shocked my parents.

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I think it's worth pointing out the old formulation - if you're not not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative when you're old, you have no head. It is quite possible that many of our younger posters who have more conservative parents will end up closer to them than they suspect.
    I have always wondered where the old/young line is in that old saw. seems most of our 'conservatives' have been so since they were young. Does make me wonder if the saying is more along the lines of , 'if you are not more liberal when young.... and a bit more conservative PERSONALLY when older....'

    As we age the 'fun' things we did are not as fun anymore, life experiences have knocked some of the shiny off of many strongly held beliefs but I think that cuts both ways.

    My folks were very conservative and that shaped me in my youth. I volunteered for the Infantry as I thought that my duty as a good citizen of the Republic. Didn't matter how 'popular' the war was, it is a good citizen's duty to serve. I came out of my military service with a bit of a jaundiced eye toward the concept of turning defense of freedom into defending a national 'interest', 'conservatives' who pushed to defend those interests with other people's kids and not everyone will have the Bill Cosby experience no matter how hard they tried. I did note far more guys I served with came from the lower economic classes and so few from anything like my backround. Seems many rather well off citizens feel serving their country is a waste of time or somehow beneath them.

    Anyway I have grown to appreciate a strong social safety net, even if some 'conservatives' think a few are getting a 'free ride'. Do see where firewalls in the business/financial sector is worth the 'conservative' whine over interference. I also see now a good citizen can also be the person how protests a war they don't believe is justifiable, not just sit silently as they refuse to serve.

    So I am far more liberal than my folks were back in the day, still more liberal than my Dad, who is now a very radical right winger. I by no means feel a socialist society is ideal, but have seen enough of the 'conservative' ideal to know the path lies somewhere in between.

    problem with common sayings is they are for common folk... we should strive to do better than that and therefore not be influenced by common sayings... ummm unless they are 'folksy'...

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Originally I was. GOP straight ticket. Same as my mom, same as my grandpa. Now, not so much.

    No matter how bad the GOP screws the pooch, my mother would say "Still better than what a democrat would do".

    That part me and her still pretty much see eye to eye on.

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    I voted "no", but I think it should be "yes and no".

    Superficially, we're probably ideologically similar, as my parents are "center-left" in general, by German standards, and we usually voted for the same parties. But my mother is anti-religious atheist (after she had been beaten blue and green by her mother, after telling her she learnt about evolution in school, as a kid). She also considered far-left thoughts in her youth, but became more moderate later -- but has maintained some of these memes.

    My father never was anti-religious, but is an extremely rational scientist-kind of person (physicist), so much he has no sense whatsoever even for fiction or poetry, let alone religion. He hardly even watches (fiction) movies. He usually falls asleep when doing so and has no sense for art at all. All he reads are newspapers and science books/journals.

    I, on the other side, have embraced religion and love literature. And I think I'm more moderate than my parents, insofar as I am less skeptic of the (pro-republican) parties I wouldn't vote for, while my parents still remember the ideologically loaded atmosphere of the Cold War and associate some of today's parties with their past stances, and don't even consider voting for them.
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