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  •  I am fascinated by this family (7+ / 0-)

    stuff.  My parents were mostly apolitical when I was growing up.  They were registered republican and voted Eisenhower but both of them talked openly, with almost adoration, about their love for FDR.   I was just seven when Eisenhower began his first term but I remember him because we shared a birthday and my dad made a big thing about that.

    When I was a young teen, Kennedy was running and because we were catholic we were so pro Kennedy.  I grew up in the burbs of Philly in a small union steel town in the center of one of the richest, and mostly republican (except for two towns) counties in the country.  Lots of mixed messages.

    I went to college unsure about much politically but eventually migrated to the left.  I joined in anti war, anti segregation, anti poverty activities.  I became a teacher, joined my "association" and my march to the left was evident to my mostly centrist family.  Meanwhile my sister headed to the right.  My parents, both deceased now, mostly seemed to remain centrist but as time went on, my father, a WWII vet became, much to my chagrin, enamored by Ronald Reagan.  My mother had died in the seventies.  I like to think that my now deceased father would eventually have seen the folly to buying into the Regan stuff.

    I grew up surrounded by a large extended Italian American family.  I have many (29 paternal) first cousins who are more like siblings than cousins.  We went to school together, we played together every weekend and in summers.   Interestingly we are more democratic than republican though I would say a chunk of the democratic ones are pretty centrist making the split more even in a sense.
    I, and about five of my female cousins are much more to the left, calling ourselves liberal progressives but only about two of our rightie cousins would fit in the tea party end (not that I see equivalency there....because imo the center has moved so far right).  In fact most of the ones on the republican side seem to be there by virtue of catholic church influence coupled with jobs in the financial sector and they rarely want to even mention their politics.  I have suspected it slightly embarrasses them because they are quite wealthy and that seems to be a factor (and a few married into that wealth and its connections).  I am curious watching the generation after us come of age now, knowing their parents views and seeing how they have gone.  Some are just young children but the ones in that generation that are now adults also seem to be a mixed bag.  For example my sister's children are split (one republican leaning libertarian, two left leaning centrist who both are married to spouses from very republican leaning families).  My sister is deceased but their father leans republican.  One of my very republican cousins who married a catholic republican type has raised two lovely young women who are now pretty much democratic, one working for the EPA.  So go figure.  I am really curious about one tea party cousin.  He has six kids, all adults now but as they live in another state and we rarely see them, I do not know if they are leaning right like their dad or not.

    Any way I have always found it fascinating and want to understand how this works.  How does someone like you, raised in a predominantly right wing extremist family break the pattern?  Yes, travel helps but I think there has to be something more.  

    “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 06:59:28 AM PDT

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