Do liberals fall far from the tree?
A number of years ago, I posted a question, what was your parents political persuasion and where are you? I would like to revisit that. For me my father was very conservative, my mother would not disagree with him, even though I think she felt thought somewhat differently, but still basically RW. What is your story?
Daddy was conservative and Mom was more liberal, but they would both probably be called centrist today. I tend to lean more left the older I get.
My dad who has passed, loved Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Poppa Bush and strongly disliked Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, hated LBJ. I've always been way out left, which caused some serious rifts in our relationship, but even he thought GWB was mostly a bungling fool.
My father was even more liberal.
This nut rolled even further to the left.
My parents are both strongly socialist NDP supporters. So are my siblings and my nieces.
I rolled away from the tree, however. However, as I got out from under its shadow I began to discover ecology - what humans do to other life on the planet, and how politics of all kinds enables that behaviour. As a result I have abandoned my support of political parties in general, though I retain a certain avuncular fondness for my socialist roots.
though was to take the family on a lot of vacations. We had a travel trailer and went all over the country. I grew up with a wonderful appreciation of the natural world. To this day I backpack, canoe, explore. This backfired on dad, my primary reason for rejecting RW dogma was their lack of concern for the environment. He even said once "If I had known our trips made you this way, I likely wouldn't have ever done them", in spite of of all the good times we had and things we saw. He was a hard case.
She has moved to the center over the years, however. She lives in NYC and can't stand de Blasio!
And, of course, she married a Republican, henceforth known as Republican Stepdad. He doesn't watch Fox or televangelists or anything like that, though.
I would say they were politically ignorant, but liberally-minded. After I became an adult, I was able to convince them they need to be involved and vote. Since then, they've been registered Dems (~20 years).
Dad- Irish Catholic Democrat, though he proclaimed to be a Dixiecrat in 1948 or 52 - whenever that was going on. He had his own small business and believed a businessman had to be relatively quiet publicly re politics lest a customer be rubbed the wrong way.
Mother - I believe she supported FDR - who wouldn't during that time? But she was more interested in social life - friends- so didn't express herself much re politics.
He did encourage thinking for oneself. My Mother was largely disinterested in politics, but when she did get interested it was 100% John Birch Conservatism.
But I'm sure you won't clarify I'll just assume you mean I must be diseased as well.
I used to think Goldwater was a scary dude. Now he'd be considered well to the left of a lot of establishment Democrats.
to the buybull-banging jebus-wheezers. Of that I have no doubt, given his frequently-expressed, and very pungent, complete and utter disdain for them.
during the uprisings in Detroit, my dad said nearly the same thing; "shoot em in the ass with double barrels of rock salt". He was pissed because on a trip to Eastern Canada that year, we had to take a long detour north then via Port Huron (from the Toledo area) to avoid the riots. Figured our station wagon pulling a trailer through Detroit would have been too much of an easy target.
Outside the liberal-conservative spectrum.
How could I myself be otherwise???
though she wasn't that political. I started living, eating, breathing politics at about age 12. No idea where I got it. Now, she's a rabid right-wing, evangelical who consistently votes Republican.
gets calls and letters from the RW. She still sends them money, she is afraid of dad's "ghost" if she doesn't. I say think for yourself, she can't do it.
Mom was a very moderate Republican who became a moderate Democrat after one look at Zombie King Raygun, for whom she had a genuinely visceral and unexplained - at least to me - hatred, like my dad's for Nixon.
My first political hero was RFK. I've been on the left since I was born.
Though my father passed away over 20 yrs ago, i have no doubt that if he were still alive, he'd be supportive of most of the Republican candidates...
My mom has gotten a lot more conservative over the years; however, she'd have a hard time choosing a Republican to support, because she does not suffer blowhards like Trump, but would ~never~ cast a vote for anyone not of white-European descent (so Rubio and Cruz are right out).
We're oil-and-water when it comes to politics and social issues...
was of the Hoover persuasion, Mom just kinda went Eisenhower and never changed. Dad grew up through the worst of the depression, but never made the transistion.
My mother was a Republican, but I'm sure she wouldn't be today if she were still alive. They both passed away in the '90s before the GWOT, etc. One of the things they had in common was they were both pacifists - my dad was raised Quaker and my mom Church of the Brethren - so it would have been really weird if I had turned out to be anything other than a peacenik.
I miss them, but I'm kind of glad they were spared the last 15-20 years, although I'm sure they would have been pleased about the first black president.
My mother was an Eisenhower republican, but she never voted. She hated politics and said all politicians are only in it for themselves.
My grandmother (Mom's mom) was a very active member of Republican Women. LOL
I've been interested in politics since I was in junior high.
When I was 3 I wanted to join Kennedy's Peace Corps, never got to, but still remain a liberal...
They still believe in capitalism.