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1) Where would you put yourself on a political spectrum - left, centre or right and to what degree?
Left of center for the most part. Though I have a strong streak of "shut the hell up and learn to take care of yourself" in me.

2) Were politics were discussed in your household when you were growing up?
Not really. Dad works for the government, so he never wanted to talk about it. And he and Mom have always been on opposite sides of the fence. In fact, over the years, they've switched sides. But they're still cancelling each other out.

3) Do you discuss politics? With whom?
Very, very rarely. Most people who want to talk about politics make me crazy with their inability to discuss. Trying to convert me with volume and/or stubbornness just means I won't talk to you any more.

4) Do you think people should discuss politics?
Yes. Operative word there is discuss.

5) Should you vote if you're not informed about the issues?
I'm torn on this one. Some information is better than none, and in Washington they send out a pamplet to everyone with the full text of the ballot measures, so it's hard not to be at least a little informed. I'm always worried about voting for the people though. You can never really know what they're going to do (unless they've been in the seat before), but reading their statements gives me an inkling of what they're like. At least, it lets me know what they think of me as a voter.


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1) Where would you put yourself on a political spectrum - left, centre or right and to what degree?
Centerish. I am, coincidentally, trying to decide this for myself. The new right seems particularly repugnant to me. I wish they'd go back to just pushing smaller goverment.

2) Were politics were discussed in your household when you were growing up?
Yes, my father is a libertarian, and my mother is some other form of idealist but I'm not sure which.

3) Do you discuss politics? With whom?
Yes. Friends, family, people who don't sit next to my cube at work.

4) Do you think people should discuss politics?
I agree with you: People who understand the difference between discuss and argue.

5) Should you vote if you're not informed about the issues?
No, and they should get the hell out of the way. I also despise CNN "flash polls" or whatever they're calling them at the moment. They ask questions to an uninformed and uneducated public under the pretext that anything they all agree on can be made a law. "Should women be allowed to vote? Our polls show surprising results..." There should be an understanding of the governments role, what it is empowered to do, and the methods is can use to accomplish it's goals. Some general civics at the very least. Do you remember how many people were surprised to learn that we have an electoral college in the 2000 election (and some were surprised again in 2004).

Oooh, I'd forgotten about the electoral college flap. Where were those people in high school? Were they just stoned?

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