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  •  I was born into a Republican family. (28+ / 0-)

    At first, it was lonely bucking their system. Thank God, I married a liberal, or I would have been cast aside entirely. But, even though it gets rough during election season, I feel clean inside, voting my own conscience. It's my life. It's my vote. And, so far, I've always been invited back for Christmas. Welcome to the Big Tent.

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:35:25 AM PST

    •  O/T but good news for you (4+ / 0-)
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      Marrying someone who shares your value system is the surest indication that your marriage will be strong and durable.  More than any other thing we share in common with another person, every data point we encounter will always be filtered through our pre-existing value system.

      Just thought you might like to know that.

    •  My mother and her grandmother were the only R.s... (6+ / 0-)

      in my family.  My grandparents came of age right at the beginning of the Depression.  They understood what caused it.  My grandfather became a Teamster and my grandmother married young, and down the first time.  He worked six months out of a 13 year marriage.  She worked her butt off, as a maid, dishwasher, and even picking cotton, cucumbers and prunes.  She even had to send her baby to live with her mother because she couldn't feed him and they were living under a tree. Eventually she saved enough to go to cosmetology school.  By 1938 she had saved up the down payment for a commercial space for a beauty shop with a big back storeroom she turned into a makeshift apartment.  Their stories taught me well.  I married a Laborer's Union member.  My son's birth was paid for by Laborer's insurance.  I've always voted a straight Dem ticket, but if they don't stop being Republican Lite in a misguided effort of "go along to get along," I may have to jump ship.  

      Obama's actions have by and large been farther to the right than Ronnie Baby, The Patron Saint of Republicans.  The mean-spirited tone of the Teapublitards this election cycle has really been upsetting.  All the money pouring in thanks to Citizen's United has us quite literally at each other's throats.  My own Republican't mother actually un-friended me on Facebook!

      “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

      by caliblue on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:05:08 PM PST

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    •  For a while I was afraid my FB page would be taken (3+ / 0-)
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      over by the Republicans in my family.  For many years, I had felt the black sheep of the family, but I think, just as politics were not spoken of, it was overlooked.

      Then as soon as I joined Facebook, it seemed like there might be a wingnut takeover of relatives.   To be sure that I didn't end up with wingnut posts, the only thing I initially declared on FB was my political affiliation: Democrat.  And then I realized, I could say what I wanted on my FB page, and if they didn't like it, my distant relatives didn't have to 'friend' me or look at my wall.  And in fact it has been freeing, being able to be as political as I want.  

      My mother, bless her heart, is an Ayn Rand liking anti-feminist, who nonetheless was a woman who succeeded in computer programming before it was taught in schools.  She encouraged me to read, not only Rand, and I remember listening to NPR during the Nixon years when she drove us to school.  At one point she told me she always voted for the smarter one, which I believe was her justification for voting for Nixon's reelection.  Then when we next had the Bush/Gore conversation (or was it Bush/Kerry?) she switched her algorithm to "the cuter one."  Oh Mom, I couldn't convince you.  I dare not bring it up in conversation, but I have no qualms about putting what I want on my FaceBook wall.  My mom will not unfriend me.

      I think I was always just more bleeding-heart liberal than my entire family.  So I  wish I could discern from you converts how I might possibly give a ray of light to the minds of my (to a one, Republican) relatives in Ohio (!) Florida and Tennessee.

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