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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 11:06 AM

Good Day DU (April 28, 2021)

Today in History: April 28

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Question of the Day: What has had the biggest impact on your political beliefs?

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EarlG Apr 28 OP
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ZenDem Apr 28 #6
central scrutinizer Apr 28 #7
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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 11:10 AM

1. A long time ago

The treatment of civil rights and anti-war demonstrators in the late 1960s still affect my political thinking.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 11:19 AM

2. My DU membership is almost old enough to vote!! NT

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 11:20 AM

3. Walter Cronkite told me my government lied.

So naive back then. Mr. Cronkite turned me into an activist.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 11:30 AM

4. Watching the 1956 political conventions.

I had several bouts of tonsillitis that summer and was mostly stuck inside, so I watched the conventions. The action was mostly during the day back then.

I ended up believing that the Democrats truly cared about people, while the Republicans were mostly boring blowhards. So I became a strong supporter of Adlai Stevenson, even though my parents loved (and voted for) Ike.

The rest is history.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 11:59 AM

5. the 68 convention.

that, and being raised that hate is just not an option.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 12:05 PM

6. My father.

I was "born" a Democrat. My father raised me to understand what that meant as a Chicago Dem. I evolved a bit from his beliefs, but his ideas still influence me quite a bit.

One of the things I remember most was a discussion we had during Watergate. I was 8 years old. My father told me that you could dislike the President, but you should always respect the office. He also said that you shouldn't publicly bash the POTUS.

He died before the internet went full batshit. Long before Facebook. I'm pretty sure he would have changed his tune if he had to survive Trump.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 12:09 PM

7. Reading the Kerner Commission report

On the civil unrest of 1967 in Detroit, Newark, others. I lived in a small, white town in Nebraska and was so uninformed and naive.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:17 PM

8. The biggest impact for me came during the 1960's Civil Rights

Marches and demonstrations. Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The murder of the 4 little girls in the church bombing in Birmingham. I was 12 years old in the summer of 1964...so many memories. I became a confirmed Democrat during those years.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 02:14 PM

9. Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and my reTHUG Father and Step-Mother all brought me to

my present political beliefs.

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