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by flintknapper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What were your political leanings at 18 years old?
Replies: 48
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Re: What were your political leanings at 18 years old?

03Lightningrocks wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:41 pm
John Galt wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:58 pm
There wasn't a choice for me, as I was a conservative Democrat (yes there were conservatives in the Democrat Party back then). I changed to the Republican Party with Reagan.
My family is originally all from Kentucky and Georgia. Before Jimmy Carter, most of them did vote Democrat. Even though conservative Democrats were more liberal than Republicans, they would never have described themselves as liberals. I also know that most of them were working class, hourly worker types from the manufacturing sectors who believed the Democrats were looking out for them while the Republicans were looking out for the big companies they all worked for. Unions had a huge influence on their thinking as well. Once the manufacturing jobs started going away, as well as after 4 years of Jimmy Carter, many of them (my relatives) started shifting to the Republican party.
^^^^^^

Growing up (I am 65 so this goes back a ways) the above pretty much describes what I always thought the basic differences were between the two parties. Republicans tended to be a bit more affluent....but definitely more in tune with the interests of Big Business. Also, somewhat more conservative, but Democrats for the most part were also conservatives. Perhaps more middle class with interests aligned toward the common working man. Good, decent people....all. Political affiliation wasn't something anyone even spoke about.

Very different these days. There is very much a divide and if you ask me...a 'culture war' that has been in place for at least a couple of decades now.
by flintknapper
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What were your political leanings at 18 years old?
Replies: 48
Views: 1917

Re: What were your political leanings at 18 years old?

Same then (47 years ago) as it is now....Conservative.

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