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Old 10-30-2008, 05:00 AM
 
Location: in purgurtory in London
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I know I was and I sought out radical people. Didn't you ever question the world you lived in, justice, social problems etc or did you just sail blindly through college in a stupor.

Why are some of you surprised about Obama's earlier views and the company he kept?
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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My views were much different when I first started college. College in the US is just a much different world than High school or the genera public. Ideas are allowed to flow freely, you can talk about and disagree about current policies without being called names etc. In some sense when you first start college its a shock and your views tend to flop around until you learn more.

You can probably find a quote from any law professor, political science professor etc that makes them sound like a "communist" to the uneducated. In fact if you use any of 'em big and fancy words you're obviously a liberal commie rag.
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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Question? Yes.

Radical (i.e. Goddamn America, stomping the flag, etc.)? No.

And even if I did back then, I wouldn't at 43, still be exposing myself and my family to such sentiments.

That's the difference. We all go through phases and make mistakes.

At some point, we tend to learn from them and choose the path we want our lives to be fashioned after. Obama has made his clear.
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:22 AM
 
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i am more surprised at the company obama still keeps.....
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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Keep it up guys, I can't wait for the current Republican party to collapse. Perhaps, then us real fiscal conservatives can remake the party the way it was. Good work!
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:28 AM
 
Location: FL
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i am more surprised at the company obama still keeps.....
Me too As far as rebeliousness I lived during the racial unrest in Detroit 1967...and as a white person in that city was too busy living in fear staying away from harm to rebel.
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:30 AM
 
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I was a little radical. Myself, along with some other students, wanted to set some lab animals free. I partied and was a little wild. I probably could never run for public office, not that I'd want to.
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:12 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I grew up during the Vietnam era and was very much opposed to that war.

I don't consider that being radical at all, I consider it opposition to misleadership in Washington leading the country astray.

Today's situation is eerily similar and I don't consider opposing Bush's misleadership as being radical either.
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:15 AM
 
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I could've cared less about politics when I was younger. I just voted for the first time in the last election (I'm 38).
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I graduated from HS in '68 and lived on the west coast Yup, I marched on many issues, the war...ummm that was Viet Nam, womans rights, native american rights to name a few.

I was tired of seeing my friends come home in a box or so devistated and screwed up from the war they became non-functioning people.

I worked as a nurse, sometimes in a VA hospital. I had several years of experience yet new hire male nurses made more than me

I am a mixed blood indian and watching what was happening to my brothers and sisters on and off the rez would make anyone ill.

I was a member of some pretty radical groups at the time...do I regret it...nope. I still work with groups now trying to make the lives of indians better.l
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