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  • A great deal of influence

    13 20.63%
  • Some influence

    29 46.03%
  • No influence

    15 23.81%
  • We support the same party

    7 11.11%
  • We do not support the same party

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Thread: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Some influence, they ingrained in me a deep hate and distrust of Communists and Socialists.


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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    No influence at all that I can see, my parents were entirely apolitical, they didn't ever talk about politics or show any interest, I don't even remember if they voted. They were registered members of the Republican party, but registering doesn't require any kind of involvement or interest, it's a one-time thing and they fill your mailbox with crap for life.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    My political beliefs are almost identical to those of my parents. They've been my #1 influence in politics.

    Gay marriage is pretty much the only area where we disagree, and even then it's an issue neither of us finds to be particularly important. Sometimes I disagree with them on an issue but they reason their view so well that I change my mind.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Some influence. My parents were both disgustingly socially liberal, and I've obviously parted ways from them on that. My father was part of the "libertarian wing" of the Republican Party, except he always turned around and supported every authoritarian or theocratic measure they proposed-- just like every other "libertarian conservative." My mother's been on public assistance most of her life and her family is very strongly pro-union.

    On the other hand, my father's collection of Heinlein novels deeply influenced my early political development, and they still have a profound effect on my thinking-- despite that my ideological position is in most ways opposed to Heinlein's libertarian ideals.

    I have very much inherited my parents' views on guns and gun control and the honor of military service. I fall somewhat between them on issues concerning Welfare, and lean more toward my father's views when it comes to labor unions. My views on the positions I consider important, such as family law, education, the corrections system, and the space program have nothing in common with theirs.

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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Some. Even in the views I hold that are totally opposite from them, there was some influence. All people I've had any amount of political discussions helped me shape my views as they exist today.

    Just as this is true for me, I know the reverse is true for them. I know for a fact that my views have influenced their views.

    Some of the very best political debates I have ever had have been with my mother. Often we both end the debate with starkly different views than what we had when we entered the debate.

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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Some, for me. My mother's mostly apolitical, although she will occasionally spew out something rankly racist, which has actualy informed by political opinions in that I tend to put a high premium on judging people for who they are, and distrustig any party or politician that appears to do otherwise. My father is liberal with some socialist leanings, and a Scottish nationalist. I wouldn't say he greatly influenced my beliefs either though; it was more a matter of talking about my own beliefs and then being shocked he actually agreed with me on most of them.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    We didn't even discuss politics ever...
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    My parents are both solidly Republican (though my Mom was more liberal in her youth) and I was for a while too. My two brothers were also solid Republicans. We all grew up loving Reagan and loathing Clinton.

    I've broke ranks with the GOP and call myself a moderate libertarian now and have been able to influence both of my brothers and to a certain extent my mom as well. It's made for some lively discussions at family gatherings, which we all enjoy since we're all born debaters.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    My mother - not at all.
    My uncle and father - a lot.
    But we're not on the same political mind.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Anyone who says their parents had no influence on their political viewpoints is incorrect.

    Of course they had an influence.
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