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  • Some influence

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  • No influence

    15 23.81%
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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?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Anyone who says their parents had no influence on their political viewpoints is incorrect.

    Of course they had an influence.
    Unless they grew up in an orphanage.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Unless they grew up in an orphanage.
    True, true.

    Perhaps: "Anyone who says that their parents/guardian/adult authority figure did not influence their political viewpoint is incorrect."
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Quite a bit. They laid the groundwork for what I believe, and I have only refined and(I think) modernized it.

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

    My dad's slightly conservative. My mom's moderate, but leans left. I used to be conservaive, and while I still think that the Republicans tend to be less bad than the Democrats. I since broke away. I was sick of the family values crap, constitutional overreach, and massive expansion of government that the GOP presided over. The bailouts were the last straw for me.

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

    My father has a philosophical inclination. More that he asks somewhat random questions and at times seems to try to have different views on a subject.

    I actually believe that my views influenced my father & step mother this election. They weren't sure who to vote for, and I pushed them towards Obama.

    My real mother...She's a tad apathetic. She cares more about selling ottomans at a third rate furniture store, than about elections. The sad part is that she still held an opinion about McCain and Obama. She had no idea which stood for which, nor did she have any idea what a republican or democrat was. Yet, she voted for McCain, claiming that "people are afraid of Obama" and claiming to sympathize with McCain because he was a POW.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    I am not going to say their political views did not have an influence, but what influence they did have were not what was intended I am sure.

    If anything I influenced their views which were religiously instilled ultra right. I never did see eye to eye with their politics at the time of my formative years, and was not shy about sharing this with them. Over time they both tempered their views, both religiously and politically. My father is still religious, although he has moved towards center, while my mother has moved solidly to the left in her political views.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Anima View Post
    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.
    I can certainly relate to that. My mother, who was never openly racist, certainly did have some of it buried deep inside that came out during the time I had a half-Chinese girlfriend, but by that time, my own views were obviously well-formed and disagreed entirely with hers. But she grew up in a time and in a place where racism was not only accepted but somewhat expected so I chalk it up to cultural indoctrination. From what I can tell, she's long since shed those beliefs.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Anyone who says their parents had no influence on their political viewpoints is incorrect.

    Of course they had an influence.
    The thread is about whether or not your parent's political beliefs influenced yours, not whether or not their parents had any influence on one's political views.

    I came from a household that never discussed politics or religion, ever. I was completely unaware of their political beliefs up until recently. Thus I grew up with no predisposition to any political philosophy and gave no thought to the subject until perhaps late in high school when 9/11 happened.

    So please explain to me how you know that my parents had any influence in my political viewpoints, rather than the literature that I've read, the history/economics I learned and the elections that I've participated in?

    Tell me how I am "incorrect." My parents, childhood, background, race or socioeconomic status had about as much to do with my political beliefs as the flutter of a butterfly in New Guinea last Tuesday.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    The thread is about whether or not your parent's political beliefs influenced yours, not whether or not their parents had any influence on one's political views.
    In that case my father has greatly influenced the way I think and the way I act.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I can certainly relate to that. My mother, who was never openly racist, certainly did have some of it buried deep inside that came out during the time I had a half-Chinese girlfriend, but by that time, my own views were obviously well-formed and disagreed entirely with hers. But she grew up in a time and in a place where racism was not only accepted but somewhat expected so I chalk it up to cultural indoctrination. From what I can tell, she's long since shed those beliefs.
    Exactly. I think it's more a sort of Palovian response than hatred at this point in time.
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