Has your voting record changed through your lifestyle changes?

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    Has your voting record changed through your lifestyle changes?

    For me, it has tremendously. I was raised a staunch Democrat. My grandfather told me stories of buying votes for the Democrats in Corbin with a half pint of whiskey and a twenty dollar bill wrapped around it. Republicans were the scum of the Earth. Didn't matter who the candidate was, if they had a R behind their name, we didn't support it.

    I cast my first vote for President for Walter Mondale. Liked the candidacy of Jesse Jackson. Voted for Michael Dukakis. Then had a roommate in which we debated a lot of things about polictics.

    I was baptized in 1992 and began to look at things differently. 1992, I voted for Ross Perot. Never once liked Clinton. Can't stand a man who cheats on his family. Yes, family. Cheating is also cheating on your kids in my book.

    1996, voted Dole knowing he had zero chance to lose but voting for Ken Lucas on the Rep level.

    2000 and 2004, pretty much Republican and it is well documented on here why I support that party more than Democrats.

    Not a thread meant to discuss my political leanings but interested in seeing if others have similar changes in their political mindset as they have grown older, wiser and more mature. Maybe yours was the opposite. Maybe the other party is the evil empire as they have always been to you.

    Just curious.
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    I'm certain this will shock many who frequent P&R but here goes...

    No, my voting and values have not shifted much at all. If anything, I simply understand better today what is at stake, and find myself even more solidly conservative.

    I first voted for Ronaldus Magnus in 1980. It's kinda funny, I was just telling my kids yesterday that in seven presidential elections, I have only pulled the lever for three names:

    Ronald Reagan 1980 & 1984
    George Bush 1988 & 1992
    Bob Dole 1996
    Geroge Bush 2000 & 2004

    With a 5 of 7 success rate, I'm currently batting .714... not too bad... although I really wish it could have been 1.000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastbreak
    I'm certain this will shock many who frequent P&R but here goes...

    No, my voting and values have not shifted much at all. If anything, I simply understand better today what is at stake, and find myself even more solidly conservative.

    I first voted for Ronaldus Magnus in 1980. It's kinda funny, I was just telling my kids yesterday that in seven presidential elections, I have only pulled the lever for three names:

    Ronald Reagan 1980 & 1984
    George Bush 1988 & 1992
    Bob Dole 1996
    Geroge Bush 2000 & 2004

    With a 5 of 7 success rate, I'm currently batting .714... not too bad... although I really wish it could have been 1.000.
    Major League baseball and you have that batting average and you would be accused of taking the 'roids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladiesbballcoach
    Major League baseball and you have that batting average and you would be accused of taking the 'roids.
    Ahhh... but the question would be the "Hemmo" or "Ste" variety...

    I blame it on a really good upbringing by incredibly bright parents...

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    Not really. I am more liberal than I was in my uninformed youth. I was more likely to vote for a good Republican in my younger days. These days I am more likely to take things such as who will control the House or Senate into consideration (especially at the state level) and vote for the Democrat, when in a straight head to head I might have voted for the Republican.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinity alum
    Not really. I am more liberal than I was in my uninformed youth. I was more likely to vote for a good Republican in my younger days. These days I am more likely to take things such as who will control the House or Senate into consideration (especially at the state level) and vote for the Democrat, when in a straight head to head I might have voted for the Republican.
    That is a great point. Honestly, one of my big things in voting for W in the 2004 election was the Supreme Court makeup and wanting to be a conservative making those choices. I HAD NEVER EVER VOTED BASED ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS BEFORE. I would have never even thought of that. I would say my votes today are more than just shallow votes. 20 years ago, I was probably easily persuaded by the political machines and didn't really have, what I would now consider, a strong basis for casting my votes, just the guy I liked. Today, there is more thought into them even though you guys know that abortion issues controls the reins for me.

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    I guess I'm schiziphronic (sp?)

    1980 Jimmie Carter
    1984 Ronald Reagan
    1988 George Bush I
    1992 Bill Clinton
    1996 Bill Clinton
    2000 George Bush II
    2004 John Kerry



    I suppose it's hard to pigeon hole me because I have different reasons for each one.

    1980 I like Carter as a person and was worried a bout a president that starred in Bed Time for Bonzo.

    1984 Felt Reagan had done a good job in the first term and turned things around somewhat.

    1988 Was disappointed by the Iran/Contra scandals but thought that Bush would do better.

    1992 I like him until I felt he lost a grasp on the economy and the common person. So I went with Bill and the hype and the "new democratic party."

    1996 Stayed with Bill because I felt that like in '92 the Pat Buchanan's, Pat Robertsons and the like had captured the party. I also didn't believe the Monica stuff until it was proven.

    2000 Voted George II because I was so upset with Clinton and anything Clinton. I felt betrayed when I had to explain to my 8 year old son things like adultery and such.

    2004 Felt betrayed in a different way as I saw George II respond well to the 9/11 attacks and then turn south and invade Iraq despite all the voices that said there were no weapons of mass destruction there anymore.

    So that's where I've been. What about 2008? Who knows right now.

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    1980 Ronald Reagan
    1984 Ronald Reagan
    1988 George Bush I
    1992 Ross Perot
    1996 Bob Dole
    2000 George Bush II
    2004 George Bush II

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    No, I can't say that my voting record has changed. I've always voted for the Democrat on national and state level however have voted Republican on the local level IF I knew the individual and felt that they were the best person for the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladiesbballcoach
    Major League baseball and you have that batting average and you would be accused of taking the 'roids.
    FB's steroid usage might aid in getting him to the ballot booth and pulling the lever harder, but he still has to have the hand-eye coordination to pick the right candidate and 'roids won't help with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hearsay
    FB's steroid usage might aid in getting him to the ballot booth and pulling the lever harder, but he still has to have the hand-eye coordination to pick the right candidate and 'roids won't help with that.
    Thanks to the brilliant defense of my legal counsel, I still have a legitimate shot at the Hall of Fame... although, I have no control over the voting of the P&R writers.

    I suppose I could warm up to them, be more friendly and outgoing and not be so quick to point out flawed logic...

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    Mine hasn't changed at all. I have despised liberals all my life. (politically not personally )

    1984 Reagan
    1988 Bush I
    1992 Perot (his use of charts and graphs hit home with me)
    1996 Dole
    2000 W
    2004 W
    2008 TBD

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    I was able to vote by 4 days in the 2004 election.....My voting record is 1.000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan
    I was able to vote by 4 days in the 2004 election.....My voting record is 1.000.
    Did you happen to vote each of the four days?

    If so, I may know where you live...

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    As I've grown older and wiser my votes have turned more to the Republicans on the national levels as I also take into account the control of the House and Senate when considering who to vote for. On the local and state levels I'm pretty evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.

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