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Soup Bean Donating Member (757 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 10:43 PM
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29. I struggle in East Tennessee.
It's my home, my family, my roots. I somehow think differerntly than the rest, and a feel I must hide my true political leanings. I feel drawn to run for county commission or state rep, but my libertarian left leanings would be exposed for the church groups to see. I think I could get elected, but I'm afraid for what they might say about me that would embarass my dear, sweet family, who are the epitome of true, new testament Christians.

I would LOVE to run and debate issues. Iknow them all, and know the answer I would give. I just couldn't win, due mostly to motivated church groups and the local business machine. I would be branded forever in this town, and I'm too young to do that now....Now give me 10 more years...watch out.... :)

I think about this a lot. How can I best make an impact in a local, small southern community? How can I help people and make lives better? I want to participate in the process, but the Washington way of doing things has dribbled down to locals, where it's much more dangerous.

Ideas, guys? I swear I was a Baptist Preacher in a previous life...I got a story to tell....just don't think I can pull it off with the kinds of opinions I hold dear.
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  -Do you have any Republican friends? lib4life  Jun-26-04 09:58 PM   #0 
  - My hubby is a rightie. But im starting to wear him down ;) n/t  southernleftylady   Jun-26-04 09:59 PM   #1 
  - keep at him hon, my hubby voted repub and then perot  AZDemDist6   Jun-26-04 10:00 PM   #3 
  - well..  southernleftylady   Jun-26-04 10:02 PM   #7 
     - hehehe yes, there is that  AZDemDist6   Jun-26-04 10:05 PM   #10 
  - My husband's a Republican, too.  Kimber Scott   Jun-26-04 10:06 PM   #13 
  - Yes, I have one  flamingyouth   Jun-26-04 10:00 PM   #2 
  - how are you holding up FY? I have been thinking of you  AZDemDist6   Jun-26-04 10:01 PM   #6 
     - I'm doing okay, thanks  flamingyouth   Jun-26-04 10:05 PM   #11 
        - good, take care of yourself  AZDemDist6   Jun-26-04 10:08 PM   #18 
  - Acquaintances? yes . Family? yes.  ibegurpard   Jun-26-04 10:00 PM   #4 
  - I used to  bearfan454   Jun-26-04 10:01 PM   #5 
  - Hate to put it this way, but if you don't have any repuke friends then....  CShine   Jun-26-04 10:03 PM   #8 
  - Yes, and I love them dearly.  grendelsuncle   Jun-26-04 10:04 PM   #9 
  - donate those poker winnings to Kerry  cooper82   Jun-26-04 10:47 PM   #30 
  - Most of my friends are extremely Republican  Independent429   Jun-26-04 10:06 PM   #12 
  - I was raised by Republicans  Longhorn   Jun-26-04 10:06 PM   #14 
  - my parents were GOP in my childhood but not any more!  amazona   Jun-27-04 09:32 AM   #35 
  - I have a few, we have agreed to disagree and don't discuss  AZDemDist6   Jun-26-04 10:07 PM   #15 
  - I'm sure I do.  durutti   Jun-26-04 10:07 PM   #16 
  - No  The_Casual_Observer   Jun-26-04 10:07 PM   #17 
  - No.  name not needed   Jun-26-04 10:09 PM   #19 
  - Yes and it is strained as I am such an activist...  vetwife   Jun-26-04 10:25 PM   #24 
     - It's political philosophy, not meanness  MUSTANG_2004   Jun-27-04 10:33 AM   #36 
  - I Know More Repubs than Dems  javadu   Jun-26-04 10:11 PM   #20 
  - No, and I don't want any. n/t  papercut   Jun-26-04 10:14 PM   #21 
     - Hi papercut!!  newyawker99   Jun-27-04 09:12 AM   #32 
  - I do have some...  Sugarbleus   Jun-26-04 10:21 PM   #22 
  - Friends and Family. Hubby was one.. is a bit more moderate now.  GreenPartyVoter   Jun-26-04 10:23 PM   #23 
  - Yes...friends and family, and it breaks my heart  Gildor Inglorion   Jun-26-04 10:25 PM   #25 
  - Welcome Home !  vetwife   Jun-26-04 10:28 PM   #26 
  - My hubby is a Kerry voting republican  rhino47   Jun-26-04 10:36 PM   #27 
  - "close-minded loser" subthread.  necso   Jun-26-04 10:39 PM   #28 
  - I struggle in East Tennessee.  Soup Bean   Jun-26-04 10:43 PM   #29 
  - Not anymore...  RoyGBiv   Jun-26-04 10:49 PM   #31 
  - My best man !  NicRic   Jun-27-04 09:24 AM   #33 
  - unfortunately  amazona   Jun-27-04 09:29 AM   #34 
  - Be Careful With Political Discussions Among Friends  pdmike   Jun-27-04 10:47 AM   #37 
 

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