Political Views

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How would you identify yourself politically?

  1. Strongly liberal

    5 vote(s)
    9.4%
  2. Leaning liberal

    3 vote(s)
    5.7%
  3. Completely moderate

    7 vote(s)
    13.2%
  4. Leaning conservative

    14 vote(s)
    26.4%
  5. Strongly conservative

    24 vote(s)
    45.3%
  6. No political views at all

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. rotcdonde

    rotcdonde Member

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    I recently read an artice about how the political makeup of the military is much more conservative than in the past, and is continuing in that direction.

    I was wondering how much the officer section of the military compared to those statistics. Potential cadets, current cadets, current or potential officers, feel free to weigh in.
    Parents of potential cadets and cadets, feel free to vote as well, if your views represent your child's views.

    It might make it more interesting to comment with your political identification as well as your age and branch of the military.
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    It varies.
    I know some pretty ardent liberals and conservatives. The military does place high emphasis on order, which likely "fits" with the conservative worldview a little better than others.

    Personally, I am a moderate libertarian.
     
  3. Branno the Bronze

    Branno the Bronze USNA 2016

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    I'm generally pretty strongly conservative, especially with regard to economic issues. However, I do tend to be more libertarian toward some (not all) social issues (i.e. drug use--I don't ever plan on using drugs, but if someone else wants to in the privacy of their home, I don't have a problem with it).

    As for age and branch, I'm 16 so I'm not in the military yet, but I'm interested in the Air Force.
     
  4. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Big government is the solution
     
  5. aglages

    aglages Parent

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    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
    President Ronald Reagan
     
  6. Roman

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    From 1997.

    http://www.spectacle.org/198/wilson.html

    "ratio of conservatives to liberals in the military has grown from 4-1 in 1976 to 23-1 now"

    "only 3% of senior military officers say they are even "somewhat liberal," compared with 27% for civilian elites."
     
  7. USA_All_The_Way

    USA_All_The_Way Member

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    I'm not all that ideological but I have a disdain for allot of Democrats these days.

    Scientists just discovered the densest element on Earth not too long ago. It's called Pelosium. Atomic symbol is PU and it is held together by morons. :thumb:
     
  8. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    I believe this thread was started to state political views and examine the political makeup of the military, not to bash political views that oppose your own. Can we keep this friendly? :cool:
     
  9. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    :thumb:
     
  10. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    Me too. :thumb:
     
  11. Maximus

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    Bravo! :thumb:
     
  12. Viper56

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    Is it any wonder that the vast majority of those serving in the armed forces identify themselves as conservative? Air Force Lt Col (Ret) Buzz Patterson, who served as Clinton’s Senior Military Aide has written three outstanding books that provide a first-hand account on how the Clinton Administration and other Liberal Democrats have severely damaged our military and undermined national security:

    • Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security (Regnery Publishing, 2003)

    • Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undermine Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our National Security (Regnery Publishing, 2004)

    • War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy the Military and Lose the War on Terror (Crown Forum, 2007)

    Perhaps NYT best-selling author and Fox News commentator, Ann Coulter summed it up best with an article on townhall.com entitled, “Liberals Love America, Like OJ Loved Nicole.”
     
  13. USA_All_The_Way

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    My MS1 instructor tries to keep from disclosing his political views but it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure that based on all of his negative comments about Communism and socialized health care that he's a Republican or endorses conservative views. Quite frankly, I think the reality of most things in government points to conservation and this is merely a matter of common sense.

    This is merely a notable example, but our current President somehow thinks its a good idea to repeat the same old rehashed mistake and gigantic error of assuming economic demand without even factoring relative supply. Economists have warned the nation for years about this, and yet the government, particularly when operated by the left, always seems to think that bad and failed ideas are futuristic innovations. What's worse is that the government gets the power to carry out this *** backward thinking because the common public is too black-and-white or negligible to consider the aftermath. I'm not surprised that things have been turning out the way they have, and I would not reasonably suspect it can improve until the next election.

    Will there ever be a day when our top expenditures will cover basic things such as science and education funding, along with defense spending? Is it too radical of an idea to have the three as the top expenditures in this country? Who's to say where we would be if this was actually the case. Instead, we spend it on things we don't need or aren't adequate for the nation in the long term.

    Just a part of my two cents. In basic summary, it clearly contradicts the confines of reason for someone to spend millions when they are left with only dimes and nickels.
     
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  14. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Haha!
     
  15. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    I would say during times of war, like during WWII, that big government is necessary to ration goods, implement price controls, etc. Dunno if that is what he was referring to or not. :rolleyes:
     
  16. Roman

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    I thought Chockstock was joking.
     
  17. rotcdonde

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    I disagree with that statement. I think the fact that there are even liberals on this website, becoming and trying to become officers in the military, proves that they can love the USA as much as any conservative could.

    In any case, liberals and conservatives alike are simply trying to make the USA a better place, where free citizens can live and enjoy living (pursuit of happiness :biggrin: )
    Whether either side is mistaken in their process is something that can be debated. But certainly nobody is TRYING to bring the USA down.
    After all, we've had both liberals and conservatives in power since the Revolution. We're still standing strong. Personally, I dont believe either major party is going to be the downfall of this country, as many extremists seem to think. The constitution is a nearly perfect document. It's consistent but also flexible. It works. Nothing is going to change that.

    For what it's worth, I consider myself pretty moderate, maybe slightly liberal.
     
  18. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    I make strong Conservatives look like whining liberal wusses. :biggrin:

    Damned proud of it, too! :thumb:

    I do have one or two opinions that run decidedly Libertarian, however.
     
  19. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    Oh, HELL YEAH!

    I mean... Take a look around! It's working GREAT, isn't it? :yllol:
     
  20. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    I too take offense to this. I am very liberal. I come from a deep military family, most of whom are liberal. Both my parents were Air Force Officers, my dad is a USAFA grad. I have liberal relatives who served in every current war, from World War II to the Gulf War. I am ready to commit my life to my country, and will make that commitment at the Air Force Academy on June 24th. Are you saying that I am somehow less patriotic than a conservative? That I am less willing to give my life for the defense of the United States and fight to defend its freedoms? Political views do not dictate love for country.
     
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