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Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
Not a day goes by, it would seem, when the discussion of politics comes up in every day conversation. Of course, this topic, perhaps like no other (with the exception of religion) causes the most disagreement. "Lines in the sand" are drawn and, often, good friendships can be torn asunder by one's identification with a political party or ideology.
Conservative? Liberal? Independent? .... Anarchist? Which political ideology do you identify with? Most importantly, how did you come to hold this view? Were your parents conservative? Is that why you are now a conservative? Perhaps your parents were conservatives and, as a typical act of adolescent rebellion -- in an attempt to assert your "own" views on the world -- you chose to be liberal. You know, to be different.
Maybe you developed your views on the world because all of your friends seemed to hold a specific view on things and you just "hopped on the political bandwagon". On the other hand, did you come to develop your own view of things through your reading and/or your exposure to television or radio news.
How did you come to hold the political view that you currently espouse?