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  •  don't think so. Take Judaism, for example--- (5+ / 0-)

    consistently about 65-75% democratic voters.  Sometimes religion allows to you to move with the times.  Fundamentalism doesn't permit that, in most cases--but I think in many cases religions are allowed to liberalize.  Sometimes this causes a backlash--and sometimes from the top (Pope Benedict is probably a good example of this)

    But the rank and file can often see where the times are going.

    I think people tend to become more afraid of things as they get older--that probably is one of the drivers of conservatism.  That and money/stability/increased resistance to change.

    •  It's not just being afraid of things (4+ / 0-)

      It's being tired.

      I work in web development. I've been doing it for a long, long time - since before there were tools to do it.

      I don't mind learning new things, but the pace of the changes is just wearing. And it's not just my work, it's everything.

      You just learn how something works, and they change it. You get a new car, and there's new gadgets on it that you need to learn. Everything is like that. You have to figure out how Medicare works, what plans you should have, if an appliance breaks the new one requires you learn how that works all over again, because the one you had isn't made anymore and the new ones have different features.

      It's just exhausting.

      Of course, if you have enough money you can hire people to deal with all that. Most of us don't have that luxury.

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