JamieJfromtheA saidWould You Say that you are Liberal or more Conservative or in the middle?
Liberal, as were my parents. But also all Republicans, mainly because of the local political dynamics of my home town.
Once I moved away from home, paying more attention to national politics, and as the Republican Party itself began a radical shift to the Right, I did the unthinkable and began to vote Democratic.
Actually the Republicans were always Right in the 20th Century, only exceeded in extremism by the Dixiecrats (southern Democrats), who have now morphed into the national Republican Party. I just didn't initially pay that much attention outside our local politics, and never saw how bigoted national Republicans were, and still are, and tools of big business.
So my core values never really changed, liberal even before I realized I was gay and came out. I just came to recognize that I was playing for the wrong political team, and that Democrats represent me better (if not perfectly).