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  • Some influence

    29 46.03%
  • No influence

    15 23.81%
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    7 11.11%
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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.
    Not true.

    My parents are literally cool-aid drinking Democrats (God bless em') and they had no influence on my politics. Ronald Regan, Jimmy Charter and Thomas Jefferson shaped my views on politics more than anything or anyone in my life.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    My parents were personally conservative, but not grafted to one political party. They were not remotely as "political" as I am.

    My baseline personal values largely came from them, with some modification over the years, but not really all that much of my political beliefs.

    Some of those "baseline values" do spill over into politics: self-reliance as a virtue, the work ethic, moral restraint rather than self-indulgence.

    My Dad hunted and I was raised around guns, taught to shoot from an early age, etc. I took the right to bear arms so much for granted that I was in my teens before I actually realized there were real people (as opposed to mere politicians) who disagreed with that right.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Not true.

    My parents are literally cool-aid drinking Democrats (God bless em') and they had no influence on my politics. Ronald Regan, Jimmy Charter and Thomas Jefferson shaped my views on politics more than anything or anyone in my life.
    Ronald Regan? Really? Why are conservatives so big on Regan, the guy simply spent money until our opponents went broke.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Ronald Regan? Really? Why are conservatives so big on Regan, the guy simply spent money until our opponents went broke.
    Ronald Regan gave me hope and made me feel proud to be an American again. I watched his policy's bring prosperity in the 90's and Bill Clinton get all the credit.

    You forget I grew up during Vietnam, The Iran Hostages etc. I watched Watergate on the news when I was little. I was a black kid growing up in inner city Chicago. I had nothing to be happy or proud about as an American.

    Under Charter I remember asking my parents what did the Democrats do for us Americans? They could not tell me anytrhing. That said a mouthfull.

    Ronald Regan is the reason when I graduated high school went right into the US Army. I felt good serving under him, unlike Clinton who personally I liked, but politically despised.

    He was a real hero and I remember him and the Regan years foundly.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Ronald Regan? Really? Why are conservatives so big on Regan, the guy simply spent money until our opponents went broke.
    Unfortunately, Reagan spelled the beginning of the downfall of actual conservatism in the Republican party. He's the one that threw fiscal responsibility out the window and got them into bed with the evangelicals. While I did vote for him, I still recognize that he was the point at which the Republican party stopped really representing me and most conservatives.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    Since I have no problem with minorities or gays, I have departed greatly from fathers ignorance. But I am still conservative, just blindly like my parents and brother

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

    My parents are political idiots and the way they have influenced me, has been showing me the great contradictory views that many people hold.

    For instance, they are die hard Republicans, anti drug and anti government health care (even protested it),yet they are addicted to prescription pain killers and are on medicare.

    My mom doesn't know **** about politics and only votes for who my dad tells her to.
    I really don't talk to them anymore.
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    i think m y dad and morfar influence there beliefs.

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

    I inherited nothing except a general cynicism for electoral politics, I'd say. When I was young, I asked my mother what a politician was, and her response was literally something along the lines of "someone who's paid to lie to the public." One's a Democrat and the other's a Republican, but they're both center-right, I'd say. Socially and fiscally moderate, but right-leaning.

    EDIT: Yeah, I just called and asked because this got me interested, and they were both planning to vote for McCain, but my mother switched to Obama because she didn't like the selection of Sarah Palin. As it were, she's a fiscal rightist (anti-welfare), but inexplicably, likes Fidel Castro...
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    Re: To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?

    To what extent did your parent's political beliefs influence your own?
    A great deal.

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