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    What defines your political position?
    I beleive (for the most part) all of us are where we are due to the roads we have traveled.
    My road parallels the symbolism of "Forest Gump."

    Awkward and unsure in HS (weren't we all? ).
    College athletics.
    Military service in a foreign land.
    (adventures that are indescribable)
    Tumutuous times politically to sort through.
    Time with my soul mate.
    (ultimately lost her to a strange disease)
    The loss of those around me that mattered most.
    Efforts at business ventures.

    DOGS!!!


    And now here.
    I do indeed respect almost all the posters here and those of you I have had the great fortune to meet!
    (more than you might imagine)
    I fully understand that I will NOT change any minds here.
    I do not post anything here I would not say to anyones face.

    And I am described as a right wing extremist.

    If this gets any traction I will add more..............



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    Quote Originally Posted by road kill View Post
    What defines your political position?
    I beleive (for the most part) all of us are where we are due to the roads we have traveled.
    My road parallels the symbolism of "Forest Gump."

    Awkward and unsure in HS (weren't we all? ).
    College athletics.
    Military service in a foreign land.
    (adventures that are indescribable)
    Tumutuous times politically to sort through.
    Time with my soul mate.
    (ultimately lost her to a strange disease)
    The loss of those around me that mattered most.
    Efforts at business ventures.

    DOGS!!!


    And now here.
    I do indeed respect almost all the posters here and those of you I have had the great fortune to meet!
    (more than you might imagine)
    I fully understand that I will NOT change any minds here.

    And I am described as a right wing extremist.

    If this gets any traction I will add more..............



    RK
    You are just a middle of the road moderate

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    I remember as a young man not feeling too good about my country. Under Carter nothing seemed to go right. Seemed like The Soviet Union was pushing us around in the cold war and tensions were high. I remember the botched attempt to free the American hostages in Iran. Then comes Regan on his presidential run. He had confidence and the things he said made sense to me. He was a strong confident person. The opposite of Carter in my eyes. The kind of guy that made you feel proud of your country. I remember him pledging to free the hostages asap if he was elected. And the topper... "Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago". He got my vote. He got allot of peoples vote and became President. The hostages were freed / he took on the Soviet Union... "Mr. Gorbachev, take down that wall"! He eventually broke them. I remember him firing all the air traffic controllers because they thought they could strike and cripple air travel until they got their way. There was other stuff... but these stick out the most. So I'm a Republican with a conservative tilt. I just think that people should be more self reliant. That's me. Good topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by road kill View Post
    What defines your political position?








    RK

    Great question Stan

    Personally, I grew up where was once a very conservative part of So. Calif and spent my summers in a very liberal town of Austin TX...my ethnicity and chosen profession would suggest a liberal siding but I have nothing in common with the liberal side but those two factors. I have a couple of siblings that lean to the left but the majority of my family is heavily on the right. Our family doesnt consider ourselves Filipino Americans, we think of ourselves as Americans who happen to be of Filipino descent..huge difference... have only supported ONE democrat in my life, and he was my local congressman, who later turned out to be one heck of a dog trainer, he was one of Rex Carr's original clients,and was even a National Finalist

    thanks to my family and my upbringing my political values are more conservative and seem to grow stronger with each passing year

    Great topic
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    Great question Stan

    Personally, I grew up where was once a very conservative part of So. Calif and spent my summers in a very liberal town of Austin TX...my ethnicity and chosen profession would suggest a liberal siding but I have nothing in common with the liberal side but those two factors. I have a couple of siblings that lean to the left but the majority of my family is heavily on the right. Our family doesnt consider ourselves Filipino Americans, we think of ourselves as Americans who happen to be of Filipino descent..huge difference... have only supported ONE democrat in my life, and he was my local congressman, who later turned out to be one heck of a dog trainer, he was one of Rex Carr's original clients,and was even a National Finalist

    thanks to my family and my upbringing my political values are more conservative and seem to grow stronger with each passing year

    Great topic
    Hm not Filipino American?? Calls to mind terms like Latin American, Native American, African american, Mexican American. I think I know the answer as to why you choose "Americans" instead.

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    My earliest political type memories are of FDR and his socialistic ideas. Of course I don't think that term was used back when I was a child (1940s). My Dad was really opposed to a lot of what FDR was "for". My Mother-in-law was very vocal about her dislike for FDR ( 1957 on ). Of course FDR had not been president for some years at that time but she still talked about his bad "work".
    More control of the people in the USA was not favored by the people that we knew and visited with. I'd say the above is what shaped my views more than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by road kill View Post




    And I am described as a right wing extremist.


    RK

    WOW!!! You made the bigtime also eh? Is that to be construed as adjectival???...or out and out "name calling"?

    I have provided Roger with a simple chart. It will be interesting where we might show up in his way of rating.

    Whatever is in the future, Stan, and however they have you 'described', I know you are a card-carrying conservative...so wear it with pride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caryalsobrook View Post
    Hm not Filipino American?? Calls to mind terms like Latin American, Native American, African american, Mexican American. I think I know the answer as to why you choose "Americans" instead.
    Well the reason is my dad taught us. He was a decorated US Army officer (26th Calvary Filipino American Scouts) and he fought in WWII so his kids would have a better life and grow up in America, he wanted us to be proud of being American..it also freaks people out when they ask one of us where we are from...and we proudly answer " Austin Texas or Buena Park Calif."
    All my Exes live in Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by lanse brown View Post
    A few things that I learned still ring true. "Lanse when you get a gift, say thank you and walk away. When you get a screwing walk away. You are going to get a lot more screwings than gifts"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    Well the reason is my dad taught us. He was a decorated US Army officer (26th Calvary Filipino American Scouts) and he fought in WWII so his kids would have a better life and grow up in America, he wanted us to be proud of being American..it also freaks people out when they ask one of us where we are from...and we proudly answer " Austin Texas or Buena Park Calif."
    I'm sure my ancestors would have said to your father and family, "Welcome to America!!"

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    My parents grew up in the Jim Crowe south. We lived in Montgomery, AL at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement. Even though they had grown up with the "casual cruelty" of their era and region, they somehow instinctively knew we are all the same before God, and should be equal in our social and civic interactions.

    It seems so basic and simple now. But they had to buck the current of their entire culture. So, this is how they raised us. Equal dignity. Equal opportunity. Equal in fortune and misfortune. Equal in hard knocks and hard work. The harder a man works, the "luckier" he gets. They would not let me EVER blame my circumstances on anyone else. The other guy might be a jerk and unjust. But it was my job to best him, beat him, get around him, or die trying.

    Mostly, they taught me that predicating my life and feelings on what other folks said about me... made me their slave. I could never be a genuinely free person, if I was busy being another guy's victim.

    So... here comes a more progressive culture, and we have to cut the down-trodden some slack. (I'm OK with that... I don't want to be the kind of jerk red-necks I remember as a kid.) Then the progressives start saying we have to give the down-trodden the place at the head of the table, the scholarship my kid can't get, the easier interview process, and finally... my hard earned wealth.

    No. That would betray everything my folks lived by, the very core of everything they taught us about right and wrong. And it only poisons the well for the "down-trodden." And though I'm taking this stand and going to my grave knowing they were wise and right... and though I know the direction of the country is fundamentally twisted... I am not going to blame my failures (or credit my success) to any "government".
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