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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:22 AM
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Over time... slowly, but surely... the racists and bigots are dying off...


You see it in poll after poll... The groups that support Marriage Equality the most are the younger demographics, the groups that are against Marriage Equality are the older demographics.

Obama's poll numbers among the young are pretty solid... and they are worst among those over 65.


There are many enlightened people who are older... folks who see the direction that the arc of history is bending and they aren't resisting it. Many of these enlightened older folks post on DU.

But as a percentage, the teabaggers are disproportionally represented by older whites.



50 years ago, I would suspect you'd have a hard time finding 1 in 10 people who supported gay marriage. Hell, you would have had a hard time finding much more than that supporting interracial marriage.

25 years ago... MAYBE it was up to 1 in 5.

10 years ago, and there were polls at the time showing this, it was about 1 in 3.

Now... it's more than half.



Old ideas, old paradigms, old ways of thinking die slowly.


But they die.


As we continue to bury the "pre-boomers"... their influence on the public debate will continue to wane.

Their generation would've never dreamed that a black man would become President in their lifetime. It scares so many of them to their core.

They never imagined that it would be legal for two homosexuals to marry. But it is a reality in a growing number of states. It's a tidal wave, actually. Within 10 years, you'll be hard pressed to find a state where Marriage Equality is NOT encoded in law.



My parents and in-laws are in their 70s. The social changes of today scare them. They're all teabaggers, all four of them.


I love them all, and I won't be happy when they die. But I like the fact that I'm seeing their ideas and beliefs die a little more every day.


The train can't be stopped, teabaggers. You can only succeed in delaying the inevitable.

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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:27 AM
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1. Ageism - look it up
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:31 AM
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4. Demographic voting patterns, look it up.

I mentioned that not all older folks feel this way.



But the facts are the facts. The biggest chunk of people that are fighting against Marriage Equality are older whites, specifically older white males.



By the way... I did look up "ageism". It doesn't mean what you think it does.


Nothing in my post discriminates against people because of their age. Pointing out polling data that describes how they feel as a group is not discrimination.


Nice try though.




The bottom line is that the older a person is, the more likely they are to be a conservative and to vote Republican. This is an incontrovertible fact.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:35 AM
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6. You're pulling poll stats out of your butt with no links
and expecting us to accept your authoritarian statements without question. You cite your 'teabagger' relatives as your source info. Suckz being you at Thanksgiving but does nothing to prove your bigoted assertions.

Yes, do run and find me a fistful of polls that show conclusively how FEW elderly people voted for Obama.

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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:29 AM
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2. The arc of history is long...
And it bends towards justice...

The very wise words of Martin Luther King, jr.

You have said this so very well!

Thank you ...

Recommended.

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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:30 AM
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3. I wonder what your children and grandchildren will post about you.
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:32 AM
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5. Hopefully that my generation was less bigoted than the one before it...
...and hopefully theirs is less bigoted than mine.
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:54 AM
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7. oddly enough, I have found that women, in particular,
get more radical with age. I have, my mother has...in fact, every woman I know over the age of fifty has.
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:55 AM
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8. It seems that their husbands get more conservative
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:07 AM
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9. Personally speaking,
I haven't found that. Seems the older women in my family and some of their friends have become more liberal.

Not a scientific study ;)

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