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  •  I think he could be a good friend (6+ / 0-)

    If he spent a few years in uniform as well as a few years at the french fryer at McDonalds.  Maybe I'm wrong.  When I read him I usually come away thinking he is very intelligent but lacks the character that is earned from experience and having your arse handed to you several times while you understand that you are about to be squashed to death by the powers that be.

    •  It doesn't even have to be that (2+ / 0-)

      It's as simple as actually going outside the bubble and meeting the people who work the french fryer at McDonald's.

      28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 05:24:15 PM PDT

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    •  That has shaped my thought process. (2+ / 0-)

      Often your political beliefs are shaped by being forced to touch the fire, whether that is the fire of unemployment, sickness or both, the hardships that come from that hurt.

      It is fine being a libertarian when you have the security of your mother. Once ugly reality hits you soon grow up.

      I saw the Iraq war as a con.  I remember telling my then boyfriend on 9/12  we would go to war with Iraq because we had not bothered Sadam for a while. The Iraq war was a costly joke in lives, treasure and liberty.

      •  I remember Thanksgiving before shock and awe (1+ / 0-)
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        lotlizard

        We had dinner at my Uncles house.  He had volunteered for Vietnam, served Marine recon.  He looked at me across the table and laughed in my face that I thought it was still up in the air that we would be invading Iraq.  He was right, he knew better, I obviously believed in ponies and never again.

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