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05-11-2008, 02:09 AM
How do you agree or differ in your political views with your family?

My mother and maternal grandparents were die hard Democrats as I was growing up. My dad has always been an Independent. He truly votes for whoever he thinks will be best.

Sometime in the last 10-15 years my mom has become a Republican. I think that might have to do with that theory that one must be a Republican to be a Christian (which I do NOT agree with). She has been pretty mum about who she is voting for this year.

My sister has always been a Republican. I don't know where that came from.

I am what my father calls "a bleeding heart liberal". Maybe a wounded heart liberal.....I do think some things go too far sometimes :p015: I do try to gauge who I think will do the best job and will be open to voting whatever way that might be. I've yet to find a Republican I like enough to do that though.

Alysia is not old enough to vote. She says she's not sure what she is. I think she is actually pretty moderate minded and can see her being an Independent.

So, how does your family look?

05-11-2008, 03:11 AM
All of them, for as far back as I know and can remember were/are democrats. :yes:

Me? I'm a weird one. Ultra liberally conservative. :lol: I'm serious! :D Still a dem though.

05-11-2008, 03:12 AM
That's interesting. I wonder how our family of origin truly affects our views?

05-11-2008, 03:13 AM
Oh, I think quite a bit for the most part? :unsure: At least for me. Although I do not share the majority of the beliefs (and values) of my family, I couldn't escape the environment and its effects, eh? :D

05-11-2008, 03:15 AM
It's always interesting to watch how closely kids follow their parents. Then it's also interesting how polar opposite a child can be to their parents.

People fascinate me :p015:

05-11-2008, 03:17 AM
I'm more polar opposite, but there are vestiges of their influence. :D LOL.

Yes, what on earth would we do without people? Can't imagine.

05-11-2008, 03:22 AM
My family never really talked politcs, but I suspect that my parents were Republicans. My sister is a die hard Republican and I swear it's only because she was raised that way. I am actually a registered Republican because of a test I took back during my senior year in High School when we first registered. Lately, though...I consider myself more of an Independent, although leaning more to the Democratic left in recent years.

05-11-2008, 03:29 AM
I've always wondered about the registering of a party. I don't recall every doing that. I know we had a huge assembly in my senior year of high school and they registered us to vote. I don't remember if I put a party down.

Does your voter registration card say what you are? They don't here.

05-11-2008, 03:30 AM
Your party affiliation determines which primary you will vote in.

05-11-2008, 03:30 AM
In my household my wife and I voted differently. She voted for Obama and I voted for McCain. I respect her views and she respects mine. I grew up in a very liberal(democratic) home and I believe that I am the only one of my siblings and of my parents who voted for McCain.

05-11-2008, 03:31 AM
Your party affiliation determines which primary you will vote in.

hmmmm I wonder if Virginia is different. I've voted in both Democratic and Republican primaries (had to vote against Ollie North when he ran ages ago).

05-11-2008, 03:31 AM
I can't believe how close the election still is. :eek:

Butterhead, that is a real testament to the love and respect you and your wife share. :yes:

05-11-2008, 03:32 AM
I don't know Johnie. :unsure: I've always thought it was the same across the board, but not if you've voted in both primaries. :unsure:

05-11-2008, 03:34 AM
I found my answer.

Do I have to state my political party preference?
No. Virginia does not have voter registration by party.

05-11-2008, 03:41 AM
Even in states that have party registered party affiliations, you can cross party lines to vote in different primaries...but you can only vote in one primary per election. My sister crossed the line to vote Obama over Hillary, but voted McCain today.

05-11-2008, 03:46 AM
Ah, maybe that's it. :yes: I always have been told though, depends on your affiliation. Dems for in Democratic primary, Republicans in the Republican one. :unsure:

05-11-2008, 04:46 AM
My mother & father are/was die hard Democrats . My brothers are Republicans and I have always gone with whom I *thought* would do what was best for our country .

05-11-2008, 05:04 PM
My dad and grandfather were in a union and they were die hard Democrats. I've always voted for who I think will do the best job and it seems like the kids are pretty much the same. Bob's family were the opposite of mine and I swear they just voted straight Republican and never looked at the issues.

In IL you have to pick a party affiliate, but you can ask for whatever ballot you want in the primary for some reason which to me totally defeats the purpose of declaring anyway :rolleyes008:

05-11-2008, 05:10 PM
Do you know, I have no idea about my parents voting behavior. I suspect they don't know mine either but I think ideologically we are fairly close in our beliefs. I've voted ever since I could. It's very important to me that I exercise the right that people died for so I could put my X in the box.

05-11-2008, 05:15 PM
It's interesting to me how some people are so open about their voting and beliefs and then others keep it to themselves. I'm sure you are all surprised to hear that my family is very open and vocal about everything :rolleyes008: :p

05-11-2008, 05:15 PM
I pretty much vote the same way as my parents. Dh and I are a bit more conservative, but it typically ends up in the same person. Katelyn hasnít decided yet :)

05-11-2008, 05:19 PM
She'd probably vote for Mickey Mouse :p015:

05-11-2008, 05:22 PM
She'd probably vote for Mickey Mouse :p015:

This is so very true..

05-11-2008, 05:25 PM
My inlaws are most definitely right wing conservatives though.

06-11-2008, 10:54 AM
Chris and I vote the same way.

06-11-2008, 01:05 PM
Dh and I have very different political views. He is ultra conservative as were his family. Where as i am not . I always like to make an informed choice between liberal/ Labour.

06-11-2008, 02:00 PM
We were always taught to vote with th USA's best interest at heart, not the party they are in.

06-11-2008, 02:41 PM
By parents have voted a straight Republican ticket for as long as I have known what a "ticket" was. They do so based on two issues.

If my parents saw how I voted in this last election, they would probably ground me.

06-11-2008, 03:20 PM
My mom is a political junkie in her old age. She lives for Lou Dobbs, Wolf Blitzer et al. She always voted, usually straight democratic party. (I guess it goes back to the old days when Irish need not apply for jobs and they formed unions). My dad was not really political, I guess he voted sometimes..and I would guess democratic. Hid older brother was in the RNC for the area and was extremely connected with the party.

I guess I have voted democratic most of the time, although I did vote for Reagan once. My DW is a dem too, although her mom was a die hard republican. She went with that ticket this election, cancelling out my vote in the process. I was the only person I know in my bunch of friends that voted for Obama. I got into a lot of heated discussions with them, as they kept starting the fear mongouring and sending false emails of the worst kind to me about Obama being a socialist, marxist, muslim, anti-american, foreign born, dictator, messiah wanabe. With friends like that right---

My brother runs the polling center at a college in Allentown. He is a political science professor there (oxymoron to me) and he swears that his students don't know his affiliation. I do....die hard D!

06-11-2008, 03:23 PM
Alysia is taking Government in school. She says her teacher doesn't tell her what his affiliation is and he does a great job of pointing out the good and bad for both parties. i think it takes special skill to be able to do that.

06-11-2008, 03:27 PM
Very true, that is a gift. Think it should be that way. Kids have to work it out for themselves. My DD Alex was up in the air about Obama. One of her best friends was a total McCain fan. He took the loss hard.

When I was having a "discussion" with all my friends while sitting around the Peaks of Otter, she was upset with the tone, and felt sad that we were in such disagreement. I always feel like I have to defend my positions to them as they can be a bit snarky. She loves to come to my defense and wanted to get involved but backed away.

06-11-2008, 03:35 PM
My parents were FDR Democrats. Not because they followed the party line, but because FDR worked to pull the US out of the depression. My mother was in high school when the stock market crashed in 1929 and she never forgot it--or the very lean times that followed it. They were ultra conservative in many ways, quite liberal in others. They were registered Democrats because the primaries where we lived were closed--open only to party members. Otherwise, I'm sure they would have been Independents!

I'm a registered Independent and tend to be very moderate. I like to consider what/who does the best for the most people on various issues while maintaining--or doing the least harm to--the budget. Sometimes I lean toward liberal views, others conservative.

Have absolutely no idea what my grandparents party affiliations were. All were naturalilzed citizens and proud that they could vote--and did!

06-11-2008, 03:41 PM
That is cool Taja. My grandparents on my dad's side were immigrants from the Ukrane/Austria border. Dad being first generation. My mom's family arrived I guess near 1870 with the potato famine in Ireland. We are a nation of immigrants, wish we could still remember that.

06-11-2008, 03:48 PM
We are indeed. People seem to forget :(

My dad's mother and father came to the US in 1921 from Greece. Our last name was much longer but they chopped it in half.