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How Long Have You Held the Political Views That You Hold Today?

Old 03-02-06, 03:52 PM
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At least since high school. Since I voted for Goldwater in my first election, I think you could say I was always a rather conservative (fiscally) Republican.
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I was an Independent all through high school and most of college. During my senior year of college, I started shifting to the Right...that was roughly 5 years ago.
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Freshman year in college. (11yrs ago)

It was my economics teacher that "enlightened" me
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Old 03-02-06, 04:03 PM
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I've held the same views for as long as I can remember.

They've been modified a little. When I was attending the University of Texas at Austin I seriously thought of joining the Austin Socialist Club.
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Since Medical School but more so during residency.
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didn't care about politics in high school or early college, but mid-college, I think I was quite the hard-core conservative, then as I'm nearly out of college now and have gained more real-life experience and have really thought throough some things, I think I've more moderate and don't really identify myself with any political parties.
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I've always been basically the same thing but I have refined my opinion on a few points. I'd say I've been consistent since some time in college.
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My political views, and my party affiliation, were shaped by my father.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
My political views, and my party affiliation, were shaped by my father.
As were mine -- though we differ on a few details.
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Looking back, I've slid up and down the political spectrum as life goes by. I grew up Conservative (growing up in the Reagan-era and going to a Catholic school tends to do that). In college, I shifted pretty far to the left. Since graduating, I find myself shifting back to the Right, at least fiscally (actually earning my own money had a way of making me rethink things )
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My father, his father, and his father, and his father....... were Democrats.

My great grandfather lived through the Reconstruction. He had no use for the Repubs.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
My father, his father, and his father, and his father....... were Democrats.

My great grandfather lived through the Reconstruction. He had no use for the Repubs.
Should they all be alive today, I'd be curious to know if they felt that the Democratic party of today left them (not necessarily whether or not they would leave it)?
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Somewhere btwn college graduation and 30. I think the nail-in-the-coffin epiphany occured sometime in my Property class in law school, when we studied regulatory takings.

Half of my political views were shaped by my father. The other half by common sense.
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Originally Posted by Geofferson
Should they all be alive today, I'd be curious to know if they felt that the Democratic party of today left them (not necessarily whether or not they would leave it)?
Where would they go?
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Certainly my father would be disenchanted with certain directions the party has taken. He would/did support the New Deal aspects of the Democratic Party.
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Originally Posted by Jason
Where would they go?
For example, a fair amount of 'populist' Dems find very little in common with the current Dem leadership and if they do vote Dem, they are still voting for FDR/JFK.
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Reading Wm. Jennings Bryan also shaped my views.
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I heard a comment from Hilary Clinton recently that offered clarity on how things really have come full-circle. She was liking some similarity to Robert Taft. When Taft was president, the Republican party was very much an Isolationist Party (Pat Buchanan holds these views today as an Independent) and Taft held opposition to Truman's fight against communism.
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Originally Posted by Vandelay_Inds
Studying economics is also what did it for me.


It confirmed and strengthened mine.

Though I have changed over the years, and continue to do so. For example, I once supported the slimeball Pat Buchanan.



As an aside, did you study in this country?
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Well, I was a member of the "student left" group in college in the late 80's, and now I would describe myself as very middle-of-the-road, leaning conservative, particularly when it comes to foreign policy. I don't disparage the liberal classes I took in college---I think it was important to understand where the US and the West has failed to live up to its own values. But I became gradually disenchanted with the left when I saw so many sliding down the slope from "The US isn't always right" to "The US is almost always wrong". I just see it as almost pathological how so many on the far left have a barely-concealed seething contempt for Western Civilization, and romanticize anything non-Western. To me, that's an ideology, not a rational evaluation of issues or the facts.

I feel that many people on both the right and the left were initially drawn to that ideology because it most closely represented their moral views. But, as they become entrenched and invested in that ideology, the original morality goes out the window and every issue just becomes an opportunity to espouse the ideology.
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Originally Posted by Pharoh
Though I have changed over the years, and continue to do so. For example, I once supported the slimeball Pat Buchanan.
How could an interventionist like you support a nationalist?
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For a little more than a decade. I was a garden variety liberal Democrat until sometime during the first Clinton administration.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
For a little more than a decade. I was a garden variety liberal Democrat until sometime during the first Clinton administration.
You had a late change in life, didn't you?

I agreed with a bunch of things that Clinton did. I drew the line with his interventionist tendencies and his violations of his oath of office.
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Until I was about 28 I was very liberal. Between 28 and 33, gradually less so. Since age 33 (1980) I've been what I am today - correct!
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