Hi Friends!

 

Few questions I have for you today.

 

Are you a dem or rep? What lead you to your choice of political affiliation? Your parents? Friends? TV? Radio? 

 

What influences your thought process?

 

Do you cringe like I do when you hear political candidates say, "I am a christian."?

 

I think the rep's just hate Obama because he's black. Yes I said it. 

 

I do plan on voting for him again. 

 

My final thoughts are that they are all crooks and liars. 

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Just sharing something related:

 

In the computer science world Andrew Tanenbaum is a big name. But he also runs an electoral college/election analysis site here as the Votemaster. Pretty interesting blogs, and seems to be pretty accurate with predictions from his poll algorithms. Just something to check out I'd thought I'd share. Especially interesting to follow as we get closer to the elections.

 

And his hobbies are awesome: "Photography and skewering corrupt and hypocritical politicians."

Also, to get back through his blogs, you have to hit the "Previous Report" link in the upper right list of links.

Are you a dem or rep? What lead you to your choice of political affiliation? Your parents? Friends? TV? Radio? 

 

I am actually Libertarian in political philosophy, but end up voting for one of the major parties in federal elections since I can’t make myself vote for someone I know has no chance. That said I lean republican on economic issues but they drive me crazy with all their xian ranting.

 

What influences your thought process?

 

Usually vote to keep my taxes low. Know it is selfish but cannot help it.

 

Do you cringe like I do when you hear political candidates say, "I am a christian."?

 

Yes

 

I think the rep's just hate Obama because he's black. Yes I said it. 

 

No I don’t. Some do but I think most of them don’t like he because they think he is a socialist.

 

I do plan on voting for him again. 

 

Didn’t vote for him last time. Probably won’t again unless it is Perry, Bachmann or some over the top xian nut case.

 

My final thoughts are that they are all crooks and liars. 

Most are liars less are crooks but I would agree a lot of them are crooks.

 

 

you wouldnt vote for perry or bachmann or some over the top xian nut case, so, did you vote for mcain and palin last go?

Are you a dem or rep? What lead you to your choice of political affiliation? Your parents? Friends? TV? Radio? 

 

I'm actually unaffiliated. I'm not at all fond of a simply two party system. I was a Republican though. At that time it was because that's what my parents were, and I wasn't really thinking for myself yet.

 

What influences your thought process?

 

I listen to what all the candidates have to say, and then research their views on the issues that are most important to me.

 

Do you cringe like I do when you hear political candidates say, "I am a christian."?

 

Yes.

 

Who are you going to vote for?

 

At this point, Obama. I could change my mind if a third party candidate I like appears out of left field, but barring that, Obama it is.

How American a question...

...what does that mean? That people don't ask this question in other countries?

While in social groups containing assorted and diverse persons from assorted and diverse countries (South Africans, Those from the UK, Australians and the like), and realize that I'm trying to be as articulate as possible so as not to offend sensibilities and keep from making sweeping generalizations, Americans tend to not realize that there is a "rest of the world" out there that is different from America and tend to imagine that American culture is global (I do fall into this trap. I can't tell you how many times I've referenced Bob Barker or talked about thanksgiving memories and gotten blank stares)

So my comment is this: This is a global forum with people from many different countries where Americans are seem to be discussing politics as if theirs is the only country in the world that matters.

While I agree with that completely and have tried hard to keep in mind that people from all over the world are members of T|A, the fact is that the overwhelming majority of T|A members are from the United States. At least, last time I was privy to the web stats this was true. It is only natural that discussions lean towards an American bias.  That said, I'd love for people living outside of the United States to begin discussions relating to their cultures, politics, etc.  It has happened, but it is much rarer than Americans posting Americana discussions simply due to the large amount of American members. And I'd also love my fellow Americans to be more cognizant of a greater community beyond their borders.

This may be a global forum but most of it's members are currently Americans, I'd love to see that change though. Forums with a better non-American to American ratio are a lot of fun. How many responses do you think the question would have really gotten if someone had asked who are you going to vote for German Chancellor? When I go into websites with primarily German users I don't expect them to be discussing American politics. (Germans might be a bad example though, the ones I've met actually do discuss American politics quite often.)

I'd love to get some German perspective on the current fiscal crisis with the Euro.

Germans prolly didn't and wouldn't discuss American politics with each other had there not been an American around.

Yes, this is a forum primarily populated by Americans, but my point still stands that this is a very American question.

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