Christian73 said... In turn, I will admit that while I'm very well grounded in politics, sociology and economics, the primary thing that motivates my political ideology is that I grew up poor and don't wish others to, I can't stand bullies in the school yard or the economy (and if you're a capitalist you wouldn't either), and at the end of the day it genuinely pains me to think about the millions of children who are homeless, the waste of human potential as millions of Americans rot in prison because we have stupid drug laws, and it chafes MY ass that greedy, unpatriotic douche bags are letting our country go to shit economically because they don't want to pay their taxes.
Christian and I share the desire that the poor get a fair chance and that bullies are challenged. We were both involved together in a bullying situation on RJ. We have different opinions on how the fairness and ultimate chance at prosperity can be achieved.
A comment on growing up poor - During the past century when my grandparents were adult and my parents were young, the population demographics were aligned with political parties. There were the WASPs (White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants) who were members of country clubs that excluded or had only token representatives from Blacks, Jews, Catholics (especially Italians and Irish). The stereotypical father looked like Newt Gingrich, sitting in their country club libraries, puffing cigars. The trophy wife and kids who could afford braces were at the pool or on the tennis courts. They supported the Republican Party, while everyone else found the Democratic Party to be their home. The WASPs/Republicans had the image, probably largely true, of protecting business, saying everyone else could eat cake. The Democrats were the only ones who cared about workers and supported unions, often instrumental in forcing safe work environments. Being Democratic and union members within families came to be based not only on economic reasons, but also cultural and even emotional ties.
Over the years, the parties have changed. I see the Democratic Party moving to the left, at least now, and the Republican Party has broadened considerably, and many of demographics who supported Democrats in the past began to support Republicans. Many have not changed, in many cases because they continue to believe the Democratic Party best represents them, but it is also very difficult to turn against a tradition of your parents and grandparents.
In my area, I know a number of people, some in the entertainment industry, who are Jewish and grew up in New York and have been liberal for years. Some will always be liberal, some have changed to be at least independent.
The only point to this is to understand there are many factors behind someone's political orientation.