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Old Yesterday, 09:20 PM
 
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I was totally apolitical until around 2005 when on the Corvette Forum discussing manual vs automatic transmissions, some guy mentions 'prying my cold dead fingers off' the gearshift. A vivid hand gun reference for me. That got me wondering why a transmission choice could be political...
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Old Yesterday, 09:21 PM
 
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I'm not necessarily a fan of 'politics' -- the game the red and blue sides play.

I'm more concerned with policy.

I'm fascinated with the blind loyalty to parties.
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Old Yesterday, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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I sort of got half interested when Ross Perot was ready running he was scrappy but I liked his business sense unlike the curry administration he knew what he was talking about. Things got more interesting when Clinton/Obama came into office. Trump has my full attention now.

To me politics was pointless as a whole the rich stay rich making money off the rest of us. Nothing really truly changes for better or for worse.
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Old Yesterday, 09:34 PM
 
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Vietnam police action and learning of gulf of ton kin resolution
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Old Yesterday, 11:04 PM
 
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Vietnam police action and learning of gulf of ton kin resolution
That was bigger than anything today! I had friends and acquaintances on both sides and managed to stay about all out of it. Even with the Draft which I avoided with the Lottery.
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Old Yesterday, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Croatia and Worldwideweb
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I was blissfully uninterested in it, living my best years in the 80's in a softening dictatorship of a country I was raised to love, expecting it to peacefully transition into capitalism and democracy.

Then a war broke out in which my own two ethnic groups started shooting at each other. It left me deeply said, confused and angry, mostly with myself, wondering how on earth I couldn't see it coming.

That's when I became interested in forces shaping the conflict I was witnessing. Of course, they had existed before and even around me, but I realized that with my upbringing, being as it was, I didn't have the means to see them for what they were.

Years after, I read in a book, 'Black Swan' , musings of its author, Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the war in Lebanon that he as Lebanese also couldn't see coming. Now that's certainly a mind better than mine. I found some consolation right there.
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Old Yesterday, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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i would say from quite a young age mainly my family , my family were big labour supporters so would regularly support them and i got involved with them.

Up until 2016, I could care less about politics, and then, Donald Trump was elected. It made me realize how fragile our Democracy is and how quickly the wrong person could destroy it. It was a wake up call for me.
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Old Today, 12:12 AM
 
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If you know how and why minority always bend majority to its will you know everything there is to know about human race Politics is a tool for that purpose. Learning about it is not exactly inspirational.
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Old Today, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Unperson Everyman Land
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It's hard not getting into politics living in the U.S. Basically, I was curious why everyone hated W. Bush back in the day, so I did my own reading & thought a lot of it was uncalled for. I voted for him & other Republicans. Now I'm more liberal.

I've also done some reading of Noam Chomsky & watched some of his documentaries about how the corporations & the rich control the country. Also, how corrupt the U.S. is, & how basically everyone but the 1% is screwed. It's a pretty sad state the more you read about U.S. history & also our history of systemic racism, sexism etc. Now I'm on board for Bernie or Warren or basically any politician that's actually for the people.
"the people"?

Are Trump supporters not "the people"?
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Old Today, 01:28 AM
 
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I became interested after seeing the taxes removed from my first paycheck.
Jimmy Carter made me a Reagan supporter.

The taxes taken out of my check each week has kept me in the conservative camp since that time.
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