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What party does the majority of you family identify themselves as (intermediate family members)?

Rebulican
- 29 (48.3%)
Democratic
- 12 (20%)
Libertarian
- 6 (10%)
Socialist
- 2 (3.3%)
National Socialist
- 1 (1.7%)
Green
- 0 (0%)
Reform
- 0 (0%)
Other
- 2 (3.3%)
Equal Split
- 8 (13.3%)

Total Members Voted: 18


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Gustav

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Family Politics
« on: November 09, 2006, 05:39:31 PM »

My brother and I are both libertarian (I'm 16 he's 13), but my mom is a socialist who claims to be a Democrat (aren't they all?).
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2006, 05:51:46 PM »

We're both Libertarians, but our parents & siblings fall in the Repulbican, Democrat and Socialist categories - split pretty even between the 3.

So, if there's no clear majority, can we choose more than one?
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Gustav

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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2006, 05:53:47 PM »

The problem with getting 2 or more votes is that someone might stack up one category with all their votes. If you have a split chose the new "split category".
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2006, 06:07:11 PM »

I don't believe that's the way multiple votes work.. With multiple votes I believe they need to be in different categories.
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2006, 06:13:20 PM »

Every single person besides me in my family is a conservative Christian Republican.
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2006, 06:47:11 PM »

Besides my Mom being democratic my Dad used to be a Republican (actually I'm not sure any more, they're divorced and my mom has sole custody) but his whole side of the family is evangelical republican. On my moms side everyone is democratic, her brother and her mom and dad.
I've tried to get my mom to change trains of thought but she argues back that "people would be dying in the street" and doesn't think that a charity would even make a dent. My grandparents are rather set in their ways so it's rather useless to try and convert them. Has anyone else had any success trying to convert their family?
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2006, 07:13:10 PM »

Oh boy...

I'm 25, still single and have no family of my own.  My parents are separated.  My father is a true believer Communist who lived in Moscow all his life.  He's in his 70's now, living on NJ's vast social services, and keeps complaining about how much capitalist medicine sucks.  My mother and her side of the family are hardcore Zionists and think Bush is the best thing since sliced bread, except he's not killing those Arab apes fast enough.  I have no siblings.  If I had to guess about my American cousins, I'd say they're "South Park Republicans" at best, but I always avoid discussing politics with extended family.  I moved out as soon as I could, and I spend as little time with family as possible.
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2006, 08:32:51 PM »

I've tried to get my mom to change trains of thought but she argues back that "people would be dying in the street" and doesn't think that a charity would even make a dent. My grandparents are rather set in their ways so it's rather useless to try and convert them. Has anyone else had any success trying to convert their family?

I haven't converted either of my parents. Mom's a staunch republican, and Dad's a lifelong democrat. Mom's freemarket, but thinks people don't really know how to behave - Dad thinks people ought to be left alone and it's the big companies who don't know how to behave without the govt. enforcing handouts.

There are several issues where each agrees with LP - and both of my parents have voted Libertarian in races where they already knew their R/D candidate either had the race won - or didn't have a chance in hell. They do this to give numbers to the LP in their state - because they both believe the ballot access hoops are bullshit, and that a valid party should not be shut out by the two big parties.

So, not converted. But definitely starting to warm up to the ideas?

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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2006, 09:22:25 PM »

I've tried to get my mom to change trains of thought but she argues back that "people would be dying in the street" and doesn't think that a charity would even make a dent. My grandparents are rather set in their ways so it's rather useless to try and convert them. Has anyone else had any success trying to convert their family?

I haven't converted either of my parents. Mom's a staunch republican, and Dad's a lifelong democrat. Mom's freemarket, but thinks people don't really know how to behave - Dad thinks people ought to be left alone and it's the big companies who don't know how to behave without the govt. enforcing handouts.

There are several issues where each agrees with LP - and both of my parents have voted Libertarian in races where they already knew their R/D candidate either had the race won - or didn't have a chance in hell. They do this to give numbers to the LP in their state - because they both believe the ballot access hoops are bullshit, and that a valid party should not be shut out by the two big parties.

So, not converted. But definitely starting to warm up to the ideas?


Same here except my dad has started voting Republican ever since Al Gore.  Both parents are pro-free market and anti-welfare and pro legalization.  My mom is somewhat afraid of guns, but doesn't think they should be controlled (they had no problem with me shooting with the Boy Scouts or getting certified Pro Marksman by the NRA).  They are Libertarians at heart I think, but my dad still believes in limited intervention in some areas.  But he joins me in bashing the Federal Reserve and various regulatory agencies he has to deal with.
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2006, 10:01:23 PM »

I was raised to be a conservative Catholic. Both of those dreams ended when I hit 15 or so.
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2006, 10:12:11 PM »

My mom is basically a Republican (although not registered), and my dad scored "Centrist" on the WSPQ (is that just code for "afraid to commit"?). 

The funny thing is, he's followed my libertarian arguments and agreed with me on most issues, but he balks at calling himself libertarian for some reason.  He says, "I'm an independent - I just want the politicians to leave me alone.  I don't agree with the Democrats' commie social programs, and I don't like the religious right dominating the Republicans, telling everyone how to live their lives and invading all these foreign countries.  So whatever that makes me, I don't know."

It makes you a libertarian, Dad.  Embrace it!  (I'm still working on him...)
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2006, 04:41:36 AM »

My dad's a Democrat, his wife is a Republican. My mom is a conservative libertarian (I'm working on her). My brother is a Republican (a die-hard Neocon for a while). My sister is a libertarian... she just doesn't know it (she doesn't have the attention span for politics, sadly).
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2006, 09:53:49 AM »

Me and my wife are libertarians. Oldest daughter is a libertarian. The other daughter is...well, I don't think she knows what she is. But then, she's only 26. Maybe she'll figure it out when she grows up.  8)
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2006, 01:57:26 PM »

I voted "Rebulican" because my family consists of the only five on earth.    :P
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Re: Family Politics
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2006, 02:26:49 PM »

Father is a libertarian in denial (Republican on paper) or one of those old fasioned "small government" conservatives who is also fairly socially liberal (not anti-gay, for example).  My mother is a complete neo-con drone who feeds on O'Reilly and Limbaugh.

My extended family is all across the board.

This thread makes me wonder: Do most Libertarians come from politically active families?
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