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I used to be a religious conservative who believed the Bible should be the main form of law.
I was a self hating homosexual and believed that gay marriage was going to bring to ruin to this country. Obama was also gonna start rounding up good Christians and put them in reeducation camps.

I'm now more liberal after realizing that forcing the Bible on others is no different than what ISIS was doing.
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If anything I have become more against Communism, I guess.
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I really didn't care too much about politics a few years ago but now I'm pretty deep into it.
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I was a democrap but now republican , never voting demo again
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For the most part they haven't. I used to like to avoid thinking about politics but now that more things affect me I try and pay attention to it all more and make sure I make as informed a decision as possible on things.

Never understood the mentality of refusing to vote for a particular party or only voting for one party. IMO that is exactly why this country is such a mess. People vote based on only that criteria instead of actual qualifications. I'm mostly Democrat but I'd still vote Republican if it seemed like the better choice.
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i never had any political views to begin with

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I've been a feminazi who tends to put a conservativeish spin on postmodernism for a while. My opinions have changed little, but my attention has moved to how society/the media/technology control our political discourse. I still don't know what to think of these huge televised debates.
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I'm realizing the level of corruption in both major parties in the US is far greater than I first imagined and that the people need to really be more informed and hold their elected officials more accountable. I've also realized the people on all sides have a lot more things in common than differences and they just disagree on the method in which to get to the end goal.

People just need to be more willing to listen to each other and have civil, informed, discussions about how to reach common goals. Of course, there are always some hot button issues that polarize. but in those cases I think the majority can reach fair compromise if we remove the divisiveness of politics out of the discussion. Too many votes are purely on party lines these days, as the polarization, divide and conquer attitude, has increased.

I think most of us want what's best for the country and future generations. We just don't all agree on the best path to that end. Figuring that out requires more people care and get involved by becoming informed. I don't know if that will happen, but I am seeing the frustration with the status quo rise in recent years and some people are starting to wake up to the corruption.

So, I guess, I've woken up to the need to be more informed and to have more honest discussion, avoiding demagoguery. If we are to solve problems that affect us all, it will need to be together.
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My family was DNC. Not anymore, and probably not for decades again.
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redokami wrote:
I was a democrap but now republican , never voting demo again


Given your age I am genuinely curious what could have possibly swung you from one side of a political spectrum to the other. Especially from left to the current state of the republican party? The modern GOP is a shadow of its former self and you're not really old enough to remember that.

Personally, I wasn't that much for politics till the wake of 9/11. Which kind of forced us all to start paying attention.
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sonic720 wrote:

I'm realizing the level of corruption in both major parties in the US is far greater than I first imagined and that the people need to really be more informed and hold their elected officials more accountable. I've also realized the people on all sides have a lot more things in common than differences and they just disagree on the method in which to get to the end goal.

People just need to be more willing to listen to each other and have civil, informed, discussions about how to reach common goals. Of course, there are always some hot button issues that polarize. but in those cases I think the majority can reach fair compromise if we remove the divisiveness of politics out of the discussion. Too many votes are purely on party lines these days, as the polarization, divide and conquer attitude, has increased.

I think most of us want what's best for the country and future generations. We just don't all agree on the best path to that end. Figuring that out requires more people care and get involved by becoming informed. I don't know if that will happen, but I am seeing the frustration with the status quo rise in recent years and some people are starting to wake up to the corruption.

So, I guess, I've woken up to the need to be more informed and to have more honest discussion, avoiding demagoguery. If we are to solve problems that affect us all, it will need to be together.


It won't happen, because people don't understand that they're uninformed. From my perspective as a graduate student - I'm around college kids all the time - most (not all) current college graduates are very uninformed, and they're the ones who are supposed to be educated: they never really learn to argue or question themselves, so they end up stuck thinking they know a lot. And I'm not talking Southeast Wichita State or whatever; I mean the Ivy League. This is particularly bad, because if you're convinced you're smart you're not going to admit you're not. And the educated will be most of our future leaders.
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Was a Democrat now am an independent. Once the Democrats starting believing the same 3rd way trickle down economic nonsense (repackaged of course) as the Republicans I stopped blindly supporting candidates down the line and now vote for a party on a case by case basis.

Obama/Clinton foreign policy is too much like Bush's, trade policy exactly the same nonsense that has destroyed the domestic manufacturing sector, and their healthcare reform as decimated my family's standard of living due to out of control premiums and decreased coverage.

Democrats are the party of elite, out of touch, cosmopolitan/Hollywood elites and the Republicans are the party of the rest of the elites.

I just feel like neither party speaks for the common man anymore, I used to feel like the Democrats could at least defend workers, but not anymore. They joined the Republicans in selling the rest of out to the lowest bidder.
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runec wrote:


redokami wrote:
I was a democrap but now republican , never voting demo again


Given your age I am genuinely curious what could have possibly swung you from one side of a political spectrum to the other. Especially from left to the current state of the republican party? The modern GOP is a shadow of its former self and you're not really old enough to remember that.

Personally, I wasn't that much for politics till the wake of 9/11. Which kind of forced us all to start paying attention.


for one I was for Bernie and part of his platform was anti Hillary, so I was never for, and would never be for Hillary to begin with, I already hated her when she went against Obama though I couldn't vote then, sad to say I voted for Obama for the same reason im voting in this election, because I don't like the other candidate, that time being Romney, even though im Mormon


they are both pieces of shit, trump being a liar yes I admit,and a con artist,

Hillary being a pathological liar, wishy washy, and has blood on her hands whether you like it or not,
don't even get me started on "blacks are super predators"
" it was just a movie!"
"what does it matter at this point!"
it isn't entirely obamas fault for the iran deal as it is hers, ontop of that
another little bit is she is one of the ones who funded al Qaida who then became isis, so essentially isis is her fault, along with those other people at that time

thank you sooooo much Hillary

at this point whether or not you want to believe the contents of those deleted emails is up to you, suffice to say our national security was put at risk because of her, imagine if she is president, I don't trust her one bit

as for Russia, I really don't see why negotiating with putin is a bad idea? I mean she just wants to slap more sanctions on

trump wants to talk, where it goes to who knows but its better than openly threatening them and putting more sanctions on

I get there are people who still remember the cold war -duh- but isn't that more of a reason to be at least neutral with them? not buddy budyy but as they say keep your friends close and your enemies closer


as for where the two parties are this is how I see it

the dem party is feeding the "muh feelings" "im triggered" " RRRRRACISM" "BLACK POWER!" "im non binary genderfluid etc etc" bs this load of PC crap that is suffocating everyone to be honest

imo there are 2 genders and sexes which intertwine with eachother- so don't give me this 5 plus gender bs-

don't get me wrong im all for gay marriage as much as its against my religious views, im for equality all that jazz but shoving this stuff down peoples throats the same way they claim we shove our "whiteness" or "straightness" down theirs wont help


oh and rioting wont help anything either

all I have seen is instead of reprimanding groups that are being violent whether its blm rioting or another home grown or outside terrorist attacking, allwe get is "you have to be tolerant" "don't be hateful" don't be racist" "don't be bigoted" immediantly after, if, Obama or Hillary even speak of the matter at hand


a leader is supposed to unite, and protect his her people, reprimanding the ones who aren't doing anything is not doing that




to sum it up I see the dem party as the special snowflake people being coddled in their safe spaces on campuses ,

and the rep party who is just tired of it all,




and there are racists in both groups


edit: reason why I swung all the way to rep is because voting third party wont do shit, its throwing paper bills into a fire

edit again: before you mis read the one part

im not saying there isn't systematic racism or police brutality, but it affects everyone, signlign yourself out AND causing violence with hatefult rhetoric or one or the other will not want people to join your cause, frankly I was at first for it, before ferguson happened, and then all the other bs and having to deal with racism of my own from my own mayor, who wont even listen to whites because we are"low iq" and is proud 14k have left the city, he is a racist ass mother fucker and im tired of the racist bullshit from both sides,

its why I get furious when im told whites don't experience any racism or prejudice when I have experienced it growing up
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redokami wrote:


runec wrote:


redokami wrote:
I was a democrap but now republican , never voting demo again


Given your age I am genuinely curious what could have possibly swung you from one side of a political spectrum to the other. Especially from left to the current state of the republican party? The modern GOP is a shadow of its former self and you're not really old enough to remember that.

Personally, I wasn't that much for politics till the wake of 9/11. Which kind of forced us all to start paying attention.


for one I was for Bernie and part of his platform was anti Hillary, so I was never for, and would never be for Hillary to begin with, I already hated her when she went against Obama though I couldn't vote then, sad to say I voted for Obama for the same reason im voting in this election, because I don't like the other candidate, that time being Romney, even though im Mormon


they are both pieces of shit, trump being a liar yes I admit,and a con artist,

Hillary being a pathological liar, wishy washy, and has blood on her hands whether you like it or not,
don't even get me started on "blacks are super predators"
" it was just a movie!"
"what does it matter at this point!"
it isn't entirely obamas fault for the iran deal as it is hers, ontop of that
another little bit is she is one of the ones who funded al Qaida who then became isis, so essentially isis is her fault, along with those other people at that time

thank you sooooo much Hillary

at this point whether or not you want to believe the contents of those deleted emails is up to you, suffice to say our national security was put at risk because of her, imagine if she is president, I don't trust her one bit

as for Russia, I really don't see why negotiating with putin is a bad idea? I mean she just wants to slap more sanctions on

trump wants to talk, where it goes to who knows but its better than openly threatening them and putting more sanctions on

I get there are people who still remember the cold war -duh- but isn't that more of a reason to be at least neutral with them? not buddy budyy but as they say keep your friends close and your enemies closer


as for where the two parties are this is how I see it

the dem party is feeding the "muh feelings" "im triggered" " RRRRRACISM" "BLACK POWER!" "im non binary genderfluid etc etc" bs this load of PC crap that is suffocating everyone to be honest

imo there are 2 genders and sexes which intertwine with eachother- so don't give me this 5 plus gender bs-

don't get me wrong im all for gay marriage as much as its against my religious views, im for equality all that jazz but shoving this stuff down peoples throats the same way they claim we shove our "whiteness" or "straightness" down theirs wont help


oh and rioting wont help anything either

all I have seen is instead of reprimanding groups that are being violent whether its blm rioting or another home grown or outside terrorist attacking, allwe get is "you have to be tolerant" "don't be hateful" don't be racist" "don't be bigoted" immediantly after, if, Obama or Hillary even speak of the matter at hand


a leader is supposed to unite, and protect his her people, reprimanding the ones who aren't doing anything is not doing that




to sum it up I see the dem party as the special snowflake people being coddled in their safe spaces on campuses ,

and the rep party who is just tired of it all,




and there are racists in both groups


edit: reason why I swung all the way to rep is because voting third party wont do shit, its throwing paper bills into a fire

edit again: before you mis read the one part

im not saying there isn't systematic racism or police brutality, but it affects everyone, signlign yourself out AND causing violence with hatefult rhetoric or one or the other will not want people to join your cause, frankly I was at first for it, before ferguson happened, and then all the other bs and having to deal with racism of my own from my own mayor, who wont even listen to whites because we are"low iq" and is proud 14k have left the city, he is a racist ass mother fucker and im tired of the racist bullshit from both sides,

its why I get furious when im told whites don't experience any racism or prejudice when I have experienced it growing up


I'd rather vote third party than be responsible for helping either trump or clinton. Bad mojo both of them.
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I grew up in a democratic household and was anti republican till I started paying attention in college. I learned a lot trying to decide who to vote for and once I finally learned enough to consider myself educated on the subject I just could not support the lying manipulative democrats blindly. Now I'm an independent that split votes, however the democrats have been so horrible lately that the only time I seem to vote democrat is for non governing positions ( county assessor, etc)
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