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Another political junkie here. Seems REALLY hard to carry on a conversation with most of my peers here, nobody seems to know much or they just know very basic platforms. And older people are usually staunch conservative, fun for debate, but not much to match points about, especially when I am a damned dirty red! The majority of people seem very indoctrinated, or just get politics passed down, like an heirloom. Really troublesome when the people voting, don't know why they do it. And a-political/non-voters can't see the use in it.
 

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I get too frustrated because somehow I always end up playing devil's advocate. If they're conservative I'll take the liberal stance, if they're liberal I'll take the (moderate) conservative stance.
 

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I was born into a conservative household and have echoed those values until I opened my eyes.

Now a strong Liberal :D

(that's when I'm political, I go between Apathetic and Liberal)
 
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Another political junkie here. Seems REALLY hard to carry on a conversation with most of my peers here, nobody seems to know much or they just know very basic platforms. And older people are usually staunch conservative, fun for debate, but not much to match points about, especially when I am a damned dirty red! The majority of people seem very indoctrinated, or just get politics passed down, like an heirloom. Really troublesome when the people voting, don't know why they do it. And a-political/non-voters can't see the use in it.
hello my INFP comrade!:crazy:
 

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I actually think I influenced my parents political beliefs a little, well at least my dad. My mom had always been a moderate liberal and my dad a moderate conservative. Once I read into it I became a pretty strong liberal, and my dad has been leaning that way more and more over the years as well. I have always been closer to my dad
 

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oh yes. i was really into politics from fall 07 til election day 08. i remember watching cnn project obama to be the 44th, and seeing the flag with the sea of people just in awe. to me it was a scene of oneness, and i like that cause oneness is kind of my outlook on life. we all know that election was a different/great one. i ended up goin to inaguration, slept on the cold streets of d.c. for a few days in january, that sucked but i did it for the expierence and i'd do it again. politics today, im not as hyped about, but i still read about whats goin on, on a daily basis. but fall 07 to fall 08 was a great time that can never be duplicated. it was great.
 

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I'm not into politics. I can talk about it, but I honestly prefer so many other things but politics.
I definitely agree. It isn't the most fun thing to talk about. However, I sometimes think more people need to talk about it. So many people in this country are apathetic about politics until legislation gets passed that they don't like. I work as an intern for the congresswoman in my state, and I can't tell you how many people are sitting at home doing nothing but when I call them they seem to have something better to do than answer a couple simple questions. It's our privilege and responsibility to participate in the democratic system in this country, and yet, people would rather sit around on their asses and complain about what's going on than vote or run for office. It's sad.
 

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I not really big on politics, but I do read about it sometimes and talk about it a little. I definitely wouldn't call myself political though.
 
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Another political junkie here. Seems REALLY hard to carry on a conversation with most of my peers here, nobody seems to know much or they just know very basic platforms. And older people are usually staunch conservative, fun for debate, but not much to match points about, especially when I am a damned dirty red! The majority of people seem very indoctrinated, or just get politics passed down, like an heirloom. Really troublesome when the people voting, don't know why they do it. And a-political/non-voters can't see the use in it.
Yah, most people only know what their parents told them as a child or what Glenn Beck says on T.V.
If you ask everybody in a room what their political party is, 90% of the people will say either "Republican" or "Democrat", with the occasional, "Libertarian" thrown in (in the U.S. at least). The majority of people aren't even familiar with their candidate's policies beyond abortion, gun control, and gay marriage, yet they won't hesitate at all to vote for them as the leader of the free world. It just frustrates the hell out of me trying to explain to people that *insert politician name here* doesn't care about them and isn't going to fix their problems. Then they reply, "You're right, Obama is a no good, socialist, demonic dictator! McCain, though, he is gonna help me! He relates to the average, working-class citizen like me!" There is really no difference at all between the major political parties, and people just seem unable to grasp this concept.
 

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It just frustrates the hell out of me trying to explain to people that *insert politician name here* doesn't care about them and isn't going to fix their problems. Then they reply, "You're right, Obama is a no good, socialist, demonic dictator! McCain, though, he is gonna help me! He relates to the average, working-class citizen like me!" There is really no difference at all between the major political parties, and people just seem unable to grasp this concept.
To be fair, the government system doesn't really help the politicians. Because they have to be careful of what they say and do. They could say "screw you I'm doing what the hell I want" but then they'd lose their ticket for next election. Even if they try to do what they want to do, they still have to get a majority of votes to back them up. Which is why Obama hasn't passed many of the laws he promised. It's not that he's lying/lazy, he's just up against a majority against him. On the flip side though, it can be beneficial to have a system of checks and balances. Otherwise you'd get a country where someone could easily come and flip everything upside down. Not to say there wasn't a president that did that...but the winds were in his favor I suppose:dry:
 

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I'm not interested in politics in the least. But there are some issues that are attached to politics, that I'm sort of interested in. But since they are attached to politics, I tend to avoid talking about them because all it leads to incorrect assumptions so I don't waste my time.
 

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I have very big libertarian views. I believe in small government hands off policy. I really feel the only responsibility the government should have is ensuring our rights and freedoms are protected, and that laws should be delegated to the local level instead of having federal laws encompassing the entire country.
 

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I have very big libertarian views. I believe in small government hands off policy. I really feel the only responsibility the government should have is ensuring our rights and freedoms are protected, and that laws should be delegated to the local level instead of having federal laws encompassing the entire country.
Sounds more like a confederacy (nothing good or bad about it) rather than a libertarian view.
 

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Lately I've become so disgusted with both parties in Washington that I try to avoid paying attention. I keep on top of it because I like being informed or knowing if something I need to worry about is coming, but I try to just catch the headline and the quick details without all the political opinion.

During the Health Care debate, something I cared very much about, every day and night was filled with me reading and watching the news on it. But other than that, lately I've been thinking about the big picture and see how the daily news and bickering back and forth doesn't really change day to day life, so I figure I'm better off without all that negativity and hostility.
 
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