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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    Very different. My dad is apolitical, and my mom is rather liberal in some areas but still conservative in others (she's an opinionated Christian). I'm liberal socially where she's conservative, and I'm conservative economically where she's liberal. It's just a difference of education and upbringing.

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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    Fairly different. Both my parents are apolitical but they tend to be somewhat moderate when they can be forced to the polls.
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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    Completely different. My father was a "libertarian" Republican and my mother is a mostly standard liberal. The only things we could reliably agree upon were guns and illegal immigrants.

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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Completely different. My father was a "libertarian" Republican and my mother is a mostly standard liberal. The only things we could reliably agree upon were guns and illegal immigrants.
    My kids are both libertarian-minded, when they think about politics at all.
    It's totally the opposite of the rest of our family.
    I'm hoping they'll outgrow it.
    It's a disturbingly uncompassionate and unempathetic viewpoint, to my way of thinking.
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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    I never really asked my parents what their political positions are, but they seem in general to be conservative, in both the social and fiscial sense of the term.

    I'm positive my views are at least somewhat to the left of my parents.
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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    The notion of my parents discussing politics with me is silly. They refused to answer questions I had when I was a kid and always informed me of how rude I was for asking. So - at that, we differ strongly. I openly answer questions my children have and discuss all issues with them if they're interested. I think it's a part of parenting and getting your children ready for the real world. If they have interest and questions then indulge but no brainwashing, let them choose their beliefs.

    As a result of a disconnect from my parents in this way I still don't know what they think about certain things - what I do know I've gleamed from conversations about various issues over the years. but, again, them openly and directly discussing politics is silly. They still avoid the issue just like I avoid telling them what I think of their religious beliefs.

    I do know my Mom is a registered Republican and my Dad's a Democrat - this contrast might explain their "no talkie" view on it with us kids.
    My Mom isn't really into politics. Every time I've brought up various subjects she always says "I heard people talking about that . . . " and that's about it. So I've tried really hard to inform my Mom on things without bias (not hard for me because I'm neither Republican nor Democrat and like to learn the facts about things void of bias as much as possible - and then drawn my conclusions)

    My Dad, well, he only has opinions about moral and religious issues (he's a minister) - and so things like immigration, fiscal responsibility and so on - none of these things seem to be a concern for him what so ever.

    I seem to be the only on in my entire family, aside from my husband and my brother in law, who has interest in politics and enjoys a good meaty debate on issues and prefers to read a variety of sources for information and facts - not just one or two favored forms of media.
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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    Polar opposite. My parents are Christian fundamentalists/pro-big govt socialist-minded idiots. I'm independent and non-religious with a libertarian streak.
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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    Both of my parents are conservatives, but with differences. My dad probably wouldn't call himself a neo-conservative, but I think he comes pretty close to their views. He's not opposed to government regulations or programs, he's accepting of what he sees as minor compromises in personal liberty for the sake of security and law enforcement, and he's fairly conservative socially speaking. My mom was socially liberal in her youth and then came to embrace conservatism. Now she's slowly starting shift towards a more libertarian view (my brothers and I have been working on her), but there are still some spots where she can have an authoritarian streak.

    I started out as a fairly staunch conservative, but have moved increasingly towards a libertarian outlook, but I don't endorse even libertarianism entirely. There are a few areas where I definately break with mainstream libertarian views and even in areas where I agree with libertarianism I think the movement has too many extremists who don't think about the practical consequences of their beliefs.
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    Re: How similar are your political positions to those of your parents'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    They were Independents. In the 40's and 50's they mostly voted Democrat, like most Southerners. They voted for Carter in the 70's and became utterly disgusted with him, becoming staunch Republicans in reaction against what they considered a general change in the Democrat party for the worse.

    They were religiously and personally conservative, and that was reflected in their politics but not to an extreme. Fiscally they were moderate to conservative, but again they avoided extremes.
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