Republican parents, Democrat kids?

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I am curious so I will ask here on AR. I was raised by fairly conservative parents. My mom was a right leaning Democrat and my dad was a pretty solid Republican. As I grew up I started out as a Democrat but quicklly discovered that I did not agree with most of their platform. When Ronald Reagan ran in 1980, I became a full on Republican.  My wife was raised by pretty left leaning Democrats. Her parents campaigned for Adlai Stevenson and thought Jimmy Carter was too conservative because he went to church. My wife and her family were very active in Democrat politics and she attended a few national conventions with her family as a child. She also started out as a Democrat and slowly found that she did not agree with their platform. My wife is now more conservative than I.

I am just wondering how the rest of you came to your present state of political leanings? Did you start out one way and switch or have you been fairly stable? Are you of the same idealogy as your parents?  

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Mike Saunders
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I am not sure whether my dad was ever a Republican, but I know he voted for Eisenhower, when I aske why, his answer was simple. Eisenhower could keep the country safe (my dad served in Europe during WWII). When JFK came along, he was definitely a democrat. I have really no idea what political leaning my mother had, if any.

JFK was my first interest in politics, I was definitely a JFK democrat. I, somewhat blindly, followed those lines until the late 80's early 90's until I started realizing that all the big talk led to nothing but bigger taxes, more restrictions and an erosion of freedoms.

I completed my transition in the 90's. I have never become a Republican, nor would I call myself a conservative, some would call me a libertarian, but even that is not totally accurate. I believe in the government the founding fathers (no pc references there), in states rights, individual rights, freedom of religion (not from it) and that all are created equal. I believe in equal opportunity for all, but not the current form of affirmative action that, by fiat, creates enequality. I believe that everyone, regardless of religion, race, origin, sexual orientation, whatever, has the same rights. I believe that with these rights come grave responsibility. I believe that government should get out of the marriage business entirely. That all levels of government should be minimal. And that there should be a fair tax structure.

Did I give you more information than you asked for?

Thanks for asking, Kevin.

May 25, 2008 10:41 AM #1
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Kevin Robinson
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Mike, I have begun to think that I also am a Libertarian leaning individual. I am with you on everything that you wrote. I have been researching what the Libertarian party stands for. The jury is still out. I may switch again during my lifetime.

 

May 25, 2008 10:45 AM #2
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Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
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My father is a democrat I was raised that way. He hates me know because I asked him how does he justify calling himself a Christian and then voting for an abortionist.

May 25, 2008 10:46 AM #3
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Kevin - if you are interested in the various colors of libertarianism check out Neil Boortz & Herman Cain, (each can be found on their own sites). Also, Larry Elder, John Stossle & Walter E. Williams. They can be found on creators.com, a very good site of contributing columnists of conservative, liberal & libertarian perspectives.

 

May 25, 2008 01:52 PM #4
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Nicholas Goglucci
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My father raised me a conservative. My father never went to church so it had nothing to do with religion. Jimmy Carter was an embarrassment and Ronald Reagan saved the day and brought honor and dignity to a cast down nation at that time.

 

May 25, 2008 02:00 PM #5
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Jennifer Monastero
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 Conservative parents.... And I turned into a "bleeding heart liberal" with libertarian leanings... :)

 

Hugh- you shouldn't vote on one issue.

May 25, 2008 05:12 PM #6
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Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
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Jennifer a great deal of my life comes down to that one issue

May 25, 2008 05:38 PM #7
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