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  •  Biggest factor in a generation's (1+ / 0-)
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    political leanings appears to be the defining presidency of that generation. For Gen X, it was Reagan. For the boomers, it was JFK. For millenials, it's Obama.

    •  I'm not sure it's the presidency (0+ / 0-)

      I think Vietnam is much more defining for the boomers than JFK.  JFK was the World War Two generation's president.  Vietnam is what so strongly polarized the Baby Boom generation and someone conservatized it.  You look at the polling of the Vietnam War conducted during the war and the World War One generation broadly opposed it but included a lot of undecideds.  THe World War Two generation also leaned against, with a lot of undecideds but not as many as the older people.  The Boomers were the only generation who leaned in favor, and there were only two or three percent undecided — they were at each other's throats over it.  That fundamental division and polarization drives our politics today.

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