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View Poll Results: Have you changed your view on an issue as a result of C-D's Politics forum?
Yes, I have changed my stance on at least one issue. 3 14.29%
No, I have not changed my stance on anything. 8 38.10%
No, but I have a greater respect for those with opposing views. 10 47.62%
Voters: 21. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-02-2007, 09:45 PM
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I was just wondering if anyone has changed their views on political issues after discussing them with C-D members.
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Old 07-02-2007, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I haven't changed views on anything, but appreciated the insights about folks like Ron Paul. I learned about him through this forum. I wasn't aware of his positions and how they contrasted with others until I started to read about it here.

Frankly, I enjoy the discussions. There is a lot of baiting here, but this happens in politics too. If folks find that offensive they can always ignore this part of the forum. I enjoy reading the insights from both sides of the discussion.
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Old 07-02-2007, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Nope ... the red states are still fighting for Confederate victory, and Ohio is still the crappiest state in the Midwest.

It's not for want of trying, though, by C-D's finest. Good job, everyone.
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:01 AM
 
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Nope, just too old to change. And I know I'm right!! But do enjoy the forum and interesting comments!
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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No, and I can’t say that I’ve gained any respect for “some” of the opposing views. I may respect the person but not their views!
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Washington DC
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I doubt anyone is going to admit that their mind has changed on an issue. But discussion can slightly alter someone's perspective.
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:16 AM
 
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The question (perhaps like the thinking of some c-d posters) might be a little too black-and-white. Had it asked whether the discussions here had helped shape, form, or influence the on-going path and process of developing and maintaining one's points of view and opinions, then answers other than 'No' might have been more possible. One only rarely changes one's overt stance on an issue, but updating one's point of view happens all the time...
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:46 AM
jco jco started this thread
 
Location: Austin
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Good point, saganista, but I just wanted to know about one issue. Perhaps someone went in with one argument and came out on the other side. We're all too stubborn, I guess.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:16 AM
 
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Changed my mind, heavens no, opened my eyes absolutely! I have learned a lot how the "liberal" mind works!


There are a few select posters who have actually helped me expand my view and possibly see the view from their side (a definite talent on their part), however sadly, for the most part this isn't the case.

Just the same old rhetoric.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:38 PM
 
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The discussion on P&OC is really hit-or-miss. Every once in a while I see a new point of view that makes me think, but 90% of the threads are about the tired old Conservative vs. Liberal, Republican vs. Democrat. Frankly, by reading the P&OC board, I've come to understand how the conservative idiots differ from the liberal idiots, and that's about it.

However, both sides like to set up ridiculous straw man arguments, and then knock them down, thinking that they've "won" - so maybe there is some common ground.
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