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What shaped your political ideology?

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by Franchise2001, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Lynus302

    Lynus302 Contributing Member

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    And THAT RIGHT THERE is my #1 reason for liking Obama. He's not the rest of them.
     
  2. JumpMan

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    I would describe my political ideology as: Socialist
    Party Affiliation: Socialist
    Parent's party affiliation: None
    Age: 26
    Education: 2 yr Degree, Working on 4yr (Education)
    Occupation: Drafter/Designer
    Race: Mestizo
    Religion: Catholic
    Family "class" : Lower-Middle Class

    The 5 most important issues to me are:

    1. The introduction of a true leftist party in the U.S.
    2. The end of all foreign military interventionism.
    3. The promotion of class solidarity.
    4. The promotion of social responsibility.
    5. Improve the quality of life for all.

    The front runner for my vote is: Socialist nominee.

    The thing I like most about Democratic Party is: Universal Healthcare.
    The thing I hate most about the Democratic Party is: They pretend to be leftist.

    The thing I like most about the Republican Party is: They don't pretend.
    The thing I hate most about the Republican Party is: Everything else.
     
  3. leroy

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    I would describe my political ideology as: Mostly liberal with a few conservative leanings
    Party Affiliation: Democrat
    Parent's party affiliation: Staunch Democrats
    Age: 32
    Education: 4 yr degree (Political Science & Kinesiology)
    Occupation: Account Manager
    Race: White
    Religion: Jewish (the branch that hasn't been to temple in 18 years)
    Family "class" : Upper-middle class

    The 5 most important issues to me are:

    1. The economy. I've never noticed it affecting me personally before now.
    2. Separation of church and state.
    3. Getting out of Iraq and preventing future preemptive wars.
    4. Civil rights for all. The definition has changed for the worse over this decade. It's a shame to see how some of what made this country great continues to erode and is becoming an argument over "patriotism".
    5. Health care.

    The front runner for my vote is: Barack Obama

    The thing I like most about Democratic Party is: Government can and should help it's citizens.

    The thing I hate most about the Democratic Party is: Over the last decade plus...the lack of organization.

    The thing I like most about the Republican Party is: The death penalty. It should be expanded to child rapists.

    The thing I hate most about the Republican Party is: Re-defining Patriotism as a "with us or against us" thing. Claim lower taxes, yet mine climb higher and higher. Claim to be the experts on the economy...hows that going? Claim to be for smaller government...it's now the largest in history. Excuses about why we should have gotten in and continue to stay in Iraq. Jerry Fallwell. Tom Delay. Pat Robertson. Trent Lott. Dick Cheney. President Bush.
     
  4. Beck

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    Conservative Idealist
    Party Affiliation: Republican
    Parent's party affiliation: Republican, only issue of importance was abortion
    Age: 28
    Education: 4 yr degree (Economics)
    Occupation: AP Manager
    Race: White
    Religion: Christian
    Family "class" : Upper-middle class

    The 5 most important issues to me are:

    1. Energy Independence
    2. Taking personal responsibilty for helping the poor.
    3. Ending a war with no clear objective.
    4. Fiscal responsibility (balanced budget)
    5. Race relations. We are all equal. Everyone needs to realize it.

    The front runner for my vote is: some really bad candidates here...

    The thing I like most about Democratic Party is: belief that government represent everybody
    The thing I hate most about the Democratic Party is: policies treat symptopms but don't treat the cause

    The thing I like most about the Republican Party is: they keep us caplitalists
    The thing I hate most about the Republican Party is: keeping us in the Iraq war without a clear objective

    Helping the poor, the needy, the sick, the elderly, is a personal resposibility, not the work of the federal government. Unfortunately, most people don't give to these things. People rely on the government to do that, but don't want to be see their taxes raised. If everyone took up this personal responsibility, government would shrink. Your taxes would be less. Its idealistic, but I believe it.
     
  5. DarkHorse

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    I would describe my political ideology as: Moderate with some strong opinions on both sides (Fiscal Libertarian, Socially Moderate to Liberal, Anti-Abortian, Anti-Offensive War)
    Party Affiliation: Republican, but not happy with either party
    Parent's party affiliation: Both Republican, father is a strong Libertarian
    Age: 29
    Education: B.S. in Computer Science
    Occupation: Software Engineer
    Race: White
    Religion: Practicing LDS (Mormon)
    Family "class" : middle class

    The 5 most important issues to me are:

    1. The economy. On so many levels, the economy in the U.S. and around the world make me nervous. There's not a clear path here, and that's part of the problem. Individually, I see credit woes as the biggest problem, but fuel prices are going to continue to make things worse and worse for everyone as costs continue to climb.
    2. America's image/bravado/hand in other people's business. We are increasingly becoming a world-wide community, and I think that's great. But that doesn't mean we need to police the world. I support a policy more like the Monroe Doctrine. If a friendly nation is getting attacked and we rush to their aid at their request, particularly if some of our allies ask/agree that help is warranted (a la WWII) then I'm all for it. But getting involved and then staying in the Middle East is just ridiculous. We're not wanted and it's obviously about trying to secure more footholds in oil-rich regions.
    3. Improving education/opportunities, particularly for lower-class citizens, and establishing deadlines and limitations on handouts and government funded social welfare. Offer taxbreaks/etc to encourage more private welfare and get people off of the "system". So many people just don't know or believe that things can get better.
    4. The government should neither force religion on anyone nor prevent them from practicing religion in their own way. I have no problem with religious symbols in public places and "One Nation Under God" in the pledge. As a Mormon, I don't drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, but I don't get offended when people smoke or drink around me, either.
    5. Exceptions to my general "less government" tendencies: strongly anti-abortion because I value human life, but I'm not a vegetarian. I believe in a strong military, but mostly for defensive/security reasons.

    The front runner for my vote is: Probably McCain. I guess. :(

    The thing I like most about Democratic Party is: Social tolerance, ethical responsibility, etc. are more liberal values which I espouse, and tend to be more associated with Democrats than neo-Conservatives that tend to have more of a greedy future-be-damned reputation.
    The thing I hate most about the Democratic Party is: Socialism. Relativism. The fact that Hollywood and the media in general give them a free pass no matter what. Need a more clear direction right now.

    The thing I like most about the Republican Party is: Traditional views on financial independence, equal opportunity, etc. Strong military support. Economy favors Republicans, whether it's just perception or not.
    The thing I hate most about the Republican Party is: Spending (printing) money like crazy right now and the hypocritical "moral" stance on the war
     
  6. Jeffster

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    I've got good news for those who are saying "Ending the Iraq war" is one of their top priorities. The Iraq war ended a few years ago. We removed Hussein from power, in fact he's since been executed, I guess news travels slowly.

    Unless y'all are talking about the war between the Shiites and the Sunnis, and if so, good luck, that war's been going on for eons.
     
  7. Major

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    Too bad the US mission was not simply to remove Saddam from power.

    I would guess people are referring to the war taking place in Iraq involving US troops, Iraqi government forces, Iraqi insurgent forces, and extra-national fighters. War in Iraq... Iraq War. It's simple, really.
     
  8. Invisible Fan

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    I think people on all spectrums would be open to "ending the Iraqi occupation (to at least 20% current troop levels) with a certain window of stability there for at least 5+ years".

    Oil security, democracy dominoing, sectarian violence, mass exoduses, regional ethnic chaos, and geopolitical jockeying don't translate well to the platform of the average American who doesn't consider his nation a global empire.
     
  9. flipmode

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    I would describe my political ideology as: Humanist and Progressive
    Party Affiliation: Independent
    Parent's party affiliation: Republican
    Age: 22
    Education: Texas BBA, Info Systems Management, Business Honors
    Occupation: Consultant
    Race: Asian
    Religion: raised Catholic, now Agnostic (not Atheist.)
    Family "class" : middle/immigrant

    The 5 most important issues to me are:

    1. Transparency/Gov't Reform
    2. Healthcare
    3. Education
    4. Environment/Energy
    5. Economy

    The front runner for my vote is: clearly Obama, no mistakes about it

    The thing I like most about Democratic Party is: human aspect, voice of the "people", back-to-basics approach, taxing the luxury lifestyle to provide for basic human needs that aren't met
    The thing I hate most about the Democratic Party is: over-anxious bleeding hearts, providing the ends instead of supporting the means, pattern of impotence and lack of force in office, tendency towards pro-choice...really, it's murder...

    The thing I like most about the Republican Party is: ...when i see a holier-than-thou politician go down in flames over (example) a gay sex scandal when he's spent his whole campaign fighting gay marriage. karma is a b****. but seriously, they know how to grow businesses, although not completely ethically.

    The thing I hate most about the Republican Party is: traditional racism (and current traces of it), belief in a church-state union, shady underdealings with FDA/FCC/ISPs, business, pharma, oil, etc in a matter that threatens human lives and common sense and therefore slows progress, shock-jock pundits who sway uneducated folks to dumb votes (i'm looking at you, FOX NEWS and ann coulter), hate and war-mongering (has anyone read actually 1984? not the cliffs notes...)
     
  10. Rashmon

    Rashmon Contributing Member

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    Political Ideology: Pragmatic Liberal Democrat

    Parent's party affiliation: Democrat (when Texas was a one-party Democratic state)

    Influences: FDR, Bertrand Russell, Viet Nam, The 60’s, Jean Paul Sartre, RFK, MLK, Watergate, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Civil Rights movement, Bob Dylan, Aldous Huxley, Gil Scot Heron, parochial schools, John Stuart Mill,

    Age: 49
    Education: Public Administration/Psychology degree
    Occupation: Public Servant
    Race: Caucasian of Sicilian and English/Irish descent
    Religion: non-practicing Catholic
    Family class: lower middle class

    The 5 most important issues to me are:

    1. Healthcare
    2. Education
    3. Environment/Energy
    4. Economy
    5. Rehabilitating US trust, respect and security damaged by Bush administration policies

    The front runner for my vote is: Barack Obama

    The thing I like most about Democratic Party is:

    What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then ... we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
    John F. Kennedy

    The thing I like most about Republican Party is:

    “Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get elected and prove it.”
    P. J. O'Rourke
     
  11. Franchise2001

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    bump for Traitor_Jorge, bASSo, and smalltexxx
     
  12. armyman7894

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    Where are you cowards, *******, *******, ************* and *******?

    We might as well add Deckard, Samfisher, and B-Bob to this list of people refusing to take part in this thread, even though it's pretty obvious theyve read this thread multiple times.

    As for me im democratic, vote for Obama, less than 25, upper middle class, and believe we need to fix:

    lack of leadership in our presidents(divided country)
    economy
    rising cost of college tuition and gas
    Iraq
    And the combination of Trader Jorge, bigtex, and Basso
     
  13. Batman Jones

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    This is a good thread. I won't be as eloquent here as some others have been but I noticed it had become some sort of badge of cowardice not to post here, so I will weigh in briefly.

    I would describe my political ideology as: Proud liberal, proud progressive
    Party Affiliation: Democrat
    Parent's party affiliation: Father is Republican, Mother used to be Republican is now more Independent.
    Age: 39
    Education: BFA in Playwriting
    Occupation: Artistic Director of theatre company, director, playwright
    Race: White
    Religion: Agnostic Jew
    Family "class" : Middle class then upper-middle class

    The 5 most important issues to me are (listed below in no particular order and are of equal importance):

    1. Fairness.
    2. Justice.
    3. Equality.
    4. Truth.
    5. Liberty.

    The front runner for my vote is: Barack Obama

    The thing I like most about Democratic Party is: Its platform reflects my values as expressed above.
    The thing I hate most about the Democratic Party is: Political expedience, cynicism and winning are often placed above its stated principles, often resulting (ironically) in lost elections.

    The thing I like most about the Republican Party is: You stumped me. No, wait. I appreciate a lot from the Republican Party historically, chiefly its relatively early opposition to slavery and support for equal rights (long since ceded to Dems) and its formerly libertarian positions on social issues
    The thing I hate most about the Republican Party is: These days, I guess just about every single thing.
     
  14. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost be kind. be brave.

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    A big kudos for participating.

    We're still waiting on about a half dozen other of our outspoken friends to come join us here...
     
  15. bigtexxx

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    I choose not to reveal personal information about myself on the board.

    have a nice day
     
  16. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost be kind. be brave.

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    Surprise, surprise...
     
  17. armyman7894

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    Oh well, at least you are man enough to admit you are a coward.
     
  18. Deckard

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    Give your "form letter to be filled out" to someone else. I choose not to participate in something where my participation is demanded. In other words, I am exercising some of my political ideology by refusing to participate. I'd be glad to have this discussion in a more friendly, unstructured environment. As for my age, I've never given it here and never will. At first, it wasn't anything I "decided" to do, but now? I'm having fun with it. Don't like it? Bummer!

    It's fun reading them, however.



    Impeach Bush.
     
  19. Rocket River

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    My answer is simple. . .life and history

    Didn't you say you voted for FDR 4 time? *just joking*

    Rocket River
     
  20. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost be kind. be brave.

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    One... Two... Two Cop-Outs! Ah Ah Ah!
     

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