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Posted: 10/12/2005 6:28:50 PM EDT
For me, it was my mom.

She double mastered in chello and violin from Michingan University.

My dad left when I was three.

My mom taught privately, and, worked for the public schools on contract.

She was gone 5 out of every 7 days of the week for most of my life

from third grade to 11th.

We were barely afloat.  I never had much, but, I had enough....Though, I
was always mad my friends had more.

My mom never took a cent of public assistance.

I never remember a day that mom wasn't either working, or prepareing for work....

Only Christmas and, thanksgiving she didn't do one of those things as I recall.

Irony is.....My mom is a liberal.

She looks at me like I'm crazy when I attribute all my values to her.

It's ironic.  I attribute it to the old generation Dems.....Not sure.

I was just thinking about this tonight, so, I thought I'd ask everyone else.

Who made you a conservitive?

Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:29:42 PM EDT
Sorry, not a conservative as typically defined...
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:30:29 PM EDT
My dad.  Hardcore military fighter pilot.  He got me started, basic observation and common sense continued it.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:30:38 PM EDT
Common sense made me a conservative.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:31:00 PM EDT
Rational thought.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:32:29 PM EDT
PS did you mean "bourgeois" in your sig line?
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:35:40 PM EDT
19 muslims, a little over 4 years ago

Actually, that just further cemented a pretty traditional upbringing.
My parents were fairly conservative...all my uncles on both side of the family served in the military.
I was brought up the old fashioned way, and frankly I have come to see it as the 'right' way.

The past several years have pretty much solidified my feeling toward conservatism, religion, and civic responsibility.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:43:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:45:37 PM EDT
Afplayboy....he really helped me see things that i was sheltered from when living with my mother.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:46:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:46:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 6:47:59 PM EDT by raven]
I honestly think it's natural, something ingrained in me.  I aped my dad's politics in grade school, he's a typical liberal.  Hates American foreign policy, never misses a chance to diss the USA in front of foreigners, hates Ronald Reagan and nukes.

But whenever we'd bomb Khadaffy or invade Panama or Greneda, I would cheer and think "All right! Get some!"  My dad would start wailing about what bullies we were picking on poor Libya, etc.  I wondered what his problem was.  I acquiesced for a while and just figured he knew more than me, being my dad and all and reading all those magazines and newsletters he got in the mail.

No one person influenced me, either personally known or an author, about my political orientation.  I just naturally gravitated towards my right wing worldview. Taking economics and seeing left-wing economic ideas debunked explicitly was pretty much the final nail in the coffin and confirmed me for life.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:47:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:48:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
Common sense made me a conservative.


Libtards reinforce my thoughts.

Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:48:22 PM EDT
democraps made me this way
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:49:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
PS did you mean "bourgeois" in your sig line?


I found different spellings for it.

I was trying to be ironic.

Spelling has never been one of my strong subjects.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:52:37 PM EDT
Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:53:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:54:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 6:57:48 PM EDT by toddlerp]
I do not subscribe to the following and more...

*gay rights
*bigotry masked as "equal rights", "oppression", etc.
*socialism in general
*government assistance as a career
*redistribution of wealth
*the feeling that national pride is something to be ashamed of
*that the founding fathers ment something OTHER than what they wrote

ETA: oops, the question was who? Coming from nothing, being raised by a strong mother, and working hard to be where I am. Thanks Mom.

Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:54:40 PM EDT
Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, Feinswine et al.

I was always really more of a libertarian than a conservative, but it wasn't until the GOP regained power and spent all its time on social engineering and nation building that I stopped considering myself a republican.

Neoconservatism is just as collectivist as neoliberalism.

So, what to do?
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:54:51 PM EDT
I grew up.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:55:17 PM EDT
It's a toss up between my father and Mr. F.I.C.A. when I got my first paycheck.

Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:55:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 7:05:05 PM EDT by jquillen1985]
I'm not a conservative, but to the OP, it depends how old you are.  I think everybody was like that sixty or so years ago.  I think the US has gone down the tubes not because of gay marriage and less God in public schools, but because of too much importance of one-upping your neighbors with flashy goods and services and the ease of which one can go into debt.  Credit cards, and the seventies started it all . . .
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:56:17 PM EDT
My Dad and Cub Scouts
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:59:10 PM EDT
I stopped watching tv and started thinking.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:59:49 PM EDT
Growing up and seeing what idiots hippies were (are)


Ronald Reagan


US Marines

Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:02:26 PM EDT
... Dad (Marine)

... It's peculiar because he's swayed off hard-right toward center a bit as he's aged.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:03:09 PM EDT
Ronald Reagan
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:04:08 PM EDT
My parents. I have never known another way.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:07:14 PM EDT
Who says I'm a conservative?  I'm a classical liberal, or small "L" libertarian.  I believe in the greatest freedom for the greatest number, but I also believe in the personal responsibility that goes along with that freedom.

Conservatism is largely about control.  Then again, so is Leftism, which has largely co-opted and rebadged liberalism as something that it most emphatically never was.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:08:59 PM EDT
My grandpa instilled the values, Ronald Regan solidified them (Even though I was young (4 or 5) I can still remember "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" and the cold war fears that still lingered some at that time period.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:10:29 PM EDT
Jimmy Carter

Both of my parents were Democrats, dad was a union guy.

I finally opened my father's eyes in 2000, at the age of 61.

The first vote of my life was for Ronald Reagan.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:11:09 PM EDT
William F. Buckley
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:14:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... Dad (Marine)

... It's peculiar because he's swayed off hard-right toward center a bit as he's aged.

People do tend to do that.

The problem with the hard right isn't that they're wrong, not usually anyway, it's that they don't address some fundamental issues that mitigate the truth of their message. (monetary issues, the lack of free market interest rates, the benefits granted to capital when capital wins elections, the inconsistencies on issues of liberty, the list is quite long).

All this gives fuel to the left.

After a few decades things that seem simple and fundamentally true on their face start to get hazy when they don't seem to work out, particularly if you're never exposed to the arguements outside the democrat/republican collectivist box.

When you try to compromise between communism and capitalism you end up with the worst of all worlds, a bastardized soft fascism on the right and an even softer socialism on the left.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:20:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:22:41 PM EDT
Who made me a conservative?

Vietnam Era Hippies, Ted Kennedy and all the other Democraptic Party Military bashers, Oh yea

they support the troops alright, just before or after they cowardly call them "Babykillers under

their breath, The ACLU, Whiney Northeastern Limo liberals ...............Shall I go on?...........................
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:25:53 PM EDT
The German in me makes me want to conquer the world, and because Dems never want to do anything but eat and fuck, I'm Republican by default.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:29:43 PM EDT
Reading William F. Buckley, Jr. as a young man.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:32:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 7:34:00 PM EDT by BuckeyeRifleman]
I can honestly say God, my mom was fairly liberal in my younger years.  My dad was fairly moderate. Both disaproved of guns, although my dad grew up hunting and shooting. My mom turned him from the truth I think.

I grew up with a natural fascination with weapons growing up. I was the kid in class checking out all the books from the library about anything military, drawing M16's in my notes, ect. My mom wouldnt let me have a BB gun until I was 14, even though my dad had a locker full of guns from when he was younger that he never touched.

I became a Christian about the age of 14 and thats when I really saw the light of conservitism I think. The mentuors that I had did help guide me through seeing the wourld in a more conservitive light, but alot of it was also my own common sense. Those same folks that helped me grow as a christian also taught me to hunt and shoot.

Long story short, im 19, and have a very large gunsafe that is nearly full. Including evil things like AR's and all of that fun stuff. My Dad has once again started to see the light and is a tried and true conservitive, although he still hasnt gotten a gun set up in case of a break in. In fact he has a baseball bat under his bed and a little emergency button that he thinks is going to keep him safe. But im working on him about it. So unfortunately if anyone breaks in its my full responsibility to drop the badguy(and I am prepaired so dont try anything) My mom is coming around slightly, but I dont think she will ever see the world from a true conservitive viewpiont, too much of a bleading heart. I still love my mom though.

Well thats the story of how BuckeyeRifleman became a conservitive!
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:38:15 PM EDT
My parents are both values-based conservatives. But it was the doing of the looney left that pushed me into it the most.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:38:51 PM EDT
First I was taught to be honest.  The rest just followed.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:46:36 PM EDT
Hatred of overreaching authority mostly, made aware of what socialism was all about as a teen, also gun control, and the simple fact I always had to work for what I wanted and never expected help.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:50:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
Common sense made me a conservative.

+1 and really isn't that what makes us different? We have common sense, and they don't.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:55:22 PM EDT
My grandmother, now 92. But I 'm no neocon. More libertarian.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:55:37 PM EDT
My balls.

They dropped.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 7:57:36 PM EDT
Ronald W. Reagan.

Thanks Gipper. You'll never be forgotten.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:00:57 PM EDT
I don't consider myself a "conservative", even though I've never voted anything but a straight Republican ticket...more of a small "l" libertarian.

I like freedom. The Dimocraps don't seem to like it as much as I do.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:02:05 PM EDT
The Iranian hostage crisis made me question what was really going on in the world.  I was 8 when Vietnam was over, noone wanted to talk about it, so I did not grow up with that burden.

Socially, watching TV.  I hated being beaten over the head with modern day morality plays like 3's company or  Different Strokes.  

I remember the last time I watched this stuff, 25 years ago, when a sitcom built up to a future mother in law denouncing her "Dago" future daugher in law to loud and prolonged canned boos.  Really made me think about just how much in common I had with liberal thinking.

It was cemented in the military, surrounded with like minded folks.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:03:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 8:04:02 PM EDT by thompsondd]
Sorry, I couldn't bring myself to slander Mr. Reagan by including this fat ass' picture in the same reply.

It is people like this idiot, Carter, Hanoi Jane, Kerry, Kennedy, protesters, and so many others that solidified my stance.

Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:03:52 PM EDT
Maybe until 9th grade, I believed all the liberal bullshit, especially when it came to things like social security, affirmative action, and gun control.

I'd say knowledge, experience, and common sense has made me conservative
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:11:19 PM EDT
My neighbors Labrador Retriever named Harvey convinced me.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:13:19 PM EDT
I was born that way. I was a Conservative before i even knew what it was. I had no introduction whatsoever to politics or anything else for that matter. Same way with being obsessed with guns and all things military, i was born with it. Honestly.

I do remember hearing, "democrats are more for the middle/little man" That was all the answers i got about politics.
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