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    Awww, hell, I'm going to start my own party.
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    I suppose that I should answer this question. My parents are/were both Democrats, but they were never super-political (my maternal grandfather was into Philadelphia suburb/labor union politics, ran for mayor of the suburb once as an insurgent Democrat against a Republican Party machine). I remember thinking it was cool that Clinton won in 1992, simply because there hadn't been a Democratic POTUS my entire life. I got political around 13 or 14, having been exposed to libertarian ideas on the Internet and in print media (it was ber-hip to call yourself a libertarian in the mid- to late-1990s). I think that the philosophy appealed to me because I have problems with authority, and I don't feel like I (or anyone else who tries) should be held back by excessive rules and regulations. On my own, I want to help people and to give generously of my time and resources. When that's forced, I get resentful. I also was always a stickler for the most basic rules of fair play and not treating anyone as special or different inherently (only by their individual qualities or performance; I never "let them win" or bent the rules to make it "fair"). Also, I was a major history buff. So, I both learned about the Colonial Era and Founding Fathers (Philly is great for that stuff), and I saw what happened in the world when anti-freedom ideologies became popular in the early-20th Century (basically, they ripped the world apart and started slaughtering everyone). So, I ended up an ESFJ, a libertarian, and someone who wants to work in Hollywood. I also have had girlfriends in my life, and I am barely computer-literate, so I guess I am atypical all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colmena View Post
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    We studied Buddhism in year 7 (age 12 or 13). My dad has rarely seen me upset, but I went into a real tantrum asking why the whole world didn't adopt the values of Buddhism.

    My lofty ideals have paralyzed me ever since.
    Buddhism as a whole tended to be too cerebral and focused on abstractions to cope with the social machine... it's slowly adapted but not spectacularly... besides that, in general, most people aren't even at a stage where they would consider relinquishing their anger and attachments (not a uniquely Buddhist concept, of course), let alone convert en masse from their congenital faiths to something so exotically other.

    But you knew that... even if you don't feel that.
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    Realize us, Madman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel De Mazarin View Post
    Buddhism as a whole tended to be too cerebral and focused on abstractions to cope with the social machine... it's slowly adapted but not spectacularly... besides that, in general, most people aren't even at a stage where they would consider relinquishing their anger and attachments (not a uniquely Buddhist concept, of course), let alone convert en masse from their congenital faiths to something so exotically other.

    But you knew that... even if you don't feel that.
    I need to print that out so I can read it off whenever someone asks me why I'm depressed.
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    How did you get the politics you did?
    I'm out on the far left, because I have read and seen a lot. I was kind of born into it, then I distanced myself from it to gain perspective during a few years, then I came back because I do not like most of the neo-liberal/conservative ideals, while I quite like most of the socialist(NO, not democratic party) ideals. Reading Karl Marx, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and a bunch of other authors helped me gain perspective, too. Got involved in the electrical workers union, and that kind of reinforced my views. It is not some kind of perfect world we socialists envision, but it is a better world than what currently exist. It is an ideal, something abstract, that the individual as well as the community has to strive for every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    I went to a 70% black and latino school. I think that might make one more liberal..or if they didn't get along with the minorities; conservative.
    Sorry, I know we might get off topic, but I can't let this slide....

    I know you'll just consider this to be an "exception" to the conservatives=racist rule, but I actually had more non-white than white friends in school.
    I don't wanna!

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    Quote Originally Posted by booyalab View Post
    Sorry, I know we might get off topic, but I can't let this slide....

    I know you'll just consider this to be an "exception" to the conservatives=racist rule, but I actually had more non-white than white friends in school.
    The most racist people I know are loyal Democrats.

    EDIT: I am not saying that all Democrats are the most racist people. Simply that the most racist people I know around here in Philadelphia are members of the Democratic Party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.J.Woolf View Post
    I learned in high school American history class about the robber barons and the trusts of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The mischief caused by their gaming the system made it necessary to regulate them through the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, and other agencies. That's what made me a believer in well-regulated capitalism. Those who didn't learn the same lesson are now learning it through the experience of Enron, the S&Ls of the 1980s, etc.

    The Republicans, who dominated government in the decades after the Civil War, allowed big business to game the system to the detriment of almost everyone else. The GOP, which was founded to fight for the poor farmers against the Eastern money establishment, had sold out to the money men within 10 years of Lincoln's death. Teddy Roosevelt fought the good fight to clean up the GOP, but it reverted to form. Whatever the Republicans say, if you are not rich, they don't represent you. That's why I vote Democratic.

    This is me, except that I learned it in American History in college not high school. Except now I'm convinced the Democrats merely play good cop and are just a fraction different from the Republicans.

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    I was raised in a strict conservative Christian household. When I went to college (finally escaped my parents' sphere of influence), I started to move more left (though, I've never been a commie), which probably had more to do with me asserting my own individuality than anything else. Somewhere along the way, I started to realize that a lot of my new views didn't make any sense...I grew up. I still disagree with my parents on many issues (like abortion), but even the ones where we agree, my parents can't really explain why they believe the way they do, at least not coherently. I like to think that I don't just have a stance, I know why I have that stance.

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    My political stances have come from a variety of things, but the biggest thing is George W. Bush and the other Republicans serving during his administration. They haven't done anything right by my estimation. Therefore George W. Bush made me a Democrat. To me ideology is not as important as what actually happens. If the Republicans start actually practicing what they preach, then I might actually have to reconsider who to vote for.
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