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  •  He gave in to groupthink (7+ / 0-)

    My parents drifted right with age. Peer pressure, that thing that's supposed to make teenagers stupid, makes a whole lot of old people stupid.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:09:11 PM PDT

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    •  I am 66 almost 67.... (13+ / 0-)

      if anything I have gone farther to the left.  All of my female friends are to the left but most of the men in my age group are right wing.

      I blame gender not age.  I think the men of my age group were indoctrinated into blaming the left for everything.
      In the sixties, when were young, many of us male and female, got involved actively in politics during the civil rights movement.  The women then continued on into the women's rights movement.  That's when I saw a lot of my male peers turning right.  

      I have to say I am so disappointed by what happened tonight in Wi.  But not really surprised.   The young people in my family are more centrist and libertarian than anything and tend to be either anti union, or simply do not care one way or the other about unions.  They are in their thirties and I get the feeling they all still buy into their going to be "rich" some day on their own mentality.

      •  It's not a universal truth. (7+ / 0-)

        Republicans? They're always looking backward, back to when things made sense to them, Reagan or something. Back to the fifties, or the sixties, or some other magical era that never really existed; blind to all that was terribly wrong in all those eras. Don't want to know, don't want to listen.
        I get more liberal the older I am. I'm old. I'm male.
        The more information I can get, the more connected I feel. The more I try to get a sense of younger people the better I like myself. I trust, in a group sense, open minded people, and generally, open minded people are liberals, and progressives.
        I trust them because they're optimists. They have dreams. They take a knock, they shrug it off. They're inquisitive. They're creative. Art. Music. Dance. Video. The very best quality they have is they love people. They love, well, love itself.
        My trust and emotion is with them. I believe I'm here because all that has gone before must be only the prelude to their chance to do it better.

        •  are you married? (1+ / 0-)
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          lol

          It is the highest impertinence ... in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, ... They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. - Adam Smith

          by treesrock on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:30:24 AM PDT

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      •  Gender gap among all my older relatives also (3+ / 0-)
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        the ladies became, and remained, more left-ish ---- while the fellas get more Fox News-ish with every passing year

      •  roughly same age group (2+ / 0-)
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        and that's what I see too

        It is the highest impertinence ... in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, ... They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. - Adam Smith

        by treesrock on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:29:41 AM PDT

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