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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 10:13 PM

Hello, I'm M.G.

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Hello everyone,

My name's M.G. and I reside in the Notheast.

Twenty years ago I was an active member of the College Republicans. In fact, conservative campus politics was both my main extracurricular activity and my primary social outlet. I was a moderate Republican at the last historical moment when they had real say in the party. (I was a big supporter of Jack Kemp, and Governor William Weld of Massachussets was a personal hero.) That said, a lot of what I stood for was still pretty bad. I was passionately opposed to social spending and unions, and often grossly insensitive or downright confrontational on issues related to race and gender.

As I matured a bit it became clear that a fairly high percentage of my fellow young Republicans were, well, damaged. Not stupid, but generally either eaten by anger, spitefully bigoted against African-Americans or Gays, or gripped by a theocratic religious fundamentalism alien to me.

I began to look at my own motives for associating with this crowd and I eventually realized that I was literally seething with buried anger issues. What I believed were sincerely held political convictions turned out to be convenient poses for venting unresolved personal resentments. I was also lonely, neither a drinker nor good at socializing, and my political affiliations gave me the kind of bonding experience other students got from church or fraternal groups. Oddly enough, a lot of the accuracy of my self-analysis came from cannabis use (which I honestly haven't done in years), which gave me just enough distance from ordinary consciousness to honestly see how my politics were a product of neurosis.

By my late 20's I had become a proud Democrat and never looked back! Yes, the party is flawed, weak, at times captive to lobby interests, and occasionally corrupt. What else is new? The GOP are a bunch of angry neurotics and backwards fundamentalists; the Democrats are a flawed political machine which aspires to decency and occasionally reaches greatness. I know which I prefer.

I've been perusing this site since Bush Junior stole an election in plain sight, but I've finally decided to start posting. So happy to be here, and thanks for reading!

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Response to M.G. (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 11:14 PM

1. Welcome to DU, M.G.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 01:44 PM

8. Thank you! Great to be here.

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Response to M.G. (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 11:58 PM

2. Hi M.G.

Hey,
It took me years to find some of the stuff on here, so poke around a bit. Have a thick skin if you are going to dive into threads. I hope you find your time on here informative and fun.

Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 10:54 PM

7. You are welcome!

Thanks, and yes, it has been fun so far! Should have joined this community years ago.

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Response to M.G. (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 01:47 AM

3. Welcome to DU.

 

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Response to M.G. (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 04:43 PM

4. Welcome

Hi MG. Welcome! I'm new today, too. Trying to up my post count, too, so I can start a "Hello" thread here!.

I'm actually somewhat similar in that I too was quite conservative decades ago. I was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool!

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Response to BangkokGarrett (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 05:57 PM

5. Good Day, Sir!

Great to meet you! Looking forward to learning your own political journey.

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Response to BangkokGarrett (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 10:11 PM

6. welcome to DU

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 01:44 PM

9. Thanks! Love being part of a community.

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