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Old 07-12-2012, 02:25 PM
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Loudon county is very republican.
That was true a decade ago when the county was mostly rural; since about 2000 it's changed to more of an even mix. Loudoun voted for Obama in 2008, and could go either way in this upcoming election.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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Anyone who feels like they can't live next to someone with differing opinions likely isn't confident in their own beliefs and views and likely feels the need to go on the offensive because they see the faults of their contemporaries. I am fine discussing points with well educated people of any kind, its dumbies who can't defend their views and use bigotry and idealism that offend me (not that the OP is doing that).

The republicans favorite president (Which I find hilarious btw because they think GOP in 1860s is anything like GOP 2010s) Abraham Lincoln wasn't a sheltering, fearing, isolationist, chronie gatherer. He selected several contrarians to his cabinet to keep him in touch with the counter point which made him a more educated leader and well rounded in the whole picture. Perhaps you (OP), and many GOP (and liberals, though Obama to his credit added many non-liberals to his cabinet regardless of what Fox News says) could learn something about actually debating the issues in civil way and not running away crying with your basketball in your hand.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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It is probably safe to say that even though people may have different political views, most everyone in this region wants Northern Virginia, and America in general, to reach its fullest potential.

Thank you to those who have contributed constructive thoughts and suggestions focused on Northern Virginia.

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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I want to thank everyone for their suggestions. I now have a few places to check out; despite its total square miles, Northern Virginia is a big place.

I didn't mean to cause a huge Democrat vs. GOP debate. I wrote my post because in the past I've received unusually strong pushback in "progressive" parts of Roanoke when I've been critical of the president. And these are from people who were extremely vocal of President Bush previously. This is my opinion, but I've found the conservative side of the aisle has been more open to self-criticism than the liberal side. (As an example, there is a frequent poster here who has "Deport the Republicans" in his/her profile, but I'm sure the opposite message would cause problems.)

To make my transition smoother, I wanted to avoid this conflict and find a more ideologically compatible part of the region. Again, thanks to all of those who helped.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I want to thank everyone for their suggestions. I now have a few places to check out; despite its total square miles, Northern Virginia is a big place.

I didn't mean to cause a huge Democrat vs. GOP debate. I wrote my post because in the past I've received unusually strong pushback in "progressive" parts of Roanoke when I've been critical of the president. And these are from people who were extremely vocal of President Bush previously. This is my opinion, but I've found the conservative side of the aisle has been more open to self-criticism than the liberal side. (As an example, there is a frequent poster here who has "Deport the Republicans" in his/her profile, but I'm sure the opposite message would cause problems.)

To make my transition smoother, I wanted to avoid this conflict and find a more ideologically compatible part of the region. Again, thanks to all of those who helped.
You will find all sorts of different people here. My roommate is a gay partisan mainline Republican, I'm a libertarian that's a closet hippy on environmental issues, my (now ex) girlfriend is a self-proclaimed socialist, but who was a member of Democrats for Life of America. This is just people that I know.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Lorton, VA
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I've been in NOVA for about 20 yrs... most people don't care about politics here. They're too busy living their lives... and dealing with the traffic.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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So what did you mean by "American values" as opposed to those espoused by non-Republicans? Was that a misstatement?
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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I want to thank everyone for their suggestions. I now have a few places to check out; despite its total square miles, Northern Virginia is a big place.

I didn't mean to cause a huge Democrat vs. GOP debate. I wrote my post because in the past I've received unusually strong pushback in "progressive" parts of Roanoke when I've been critical of the president. And these are from people who were extremely vocal of President Bush previously. This is my opinion, but I've found the conservative side of the aisle has been more open to self-criticism than the liberal side. (As an example, there is a frequent poster here who has "Deport the Republicans" in his/her profile, but I'm sure the opposite message would cause problems.)

To make my transition smoother, I wanted to avoid this conflict and find a more ideologically compatible part of the region. Again, thanks to all of those who helped.
Notwithstanding the preponderance of people directly working for or with the Federal government, politics isn't usually as much of a topic on the forum outside of election season as is finding the right compromise between convenience and budget. Alexandria City and Arlington County (and apparently Falls Church as well per an earlier post) are the "bluest" areas but I'm certain a fair amount of conservatives live in those places as well.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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You will find all sorts of different people here. My roommate is a gay partisan mainline Republican, I'm a libertarian that's a closet hippy on environmental issues, my (now ex) girlfriend is a self-proclaimed socialist, but who was a member of Democrats for Life of America. This is just people that I know.
This. NoVA is part of the "Sausage Factory" that drives politics in the rest of the country. What you will find here is a very highly informed and educated population; the vast majority will take your political orientation with a grain of salt. NoVA is at best a purple area, there are no 'pockets' where you will find a predominance of a particular view. Even in the "People's Republic of Arlington" (yes, I live there), there is a consistent ~40% that vote Republican.

So welcome to the area, and enjoy your time here with your neighbors.
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