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January 31, 2006


Douglas Nerad

I often wonder about my own path to the current beliefs I have. I don't know if I could trace them so clearly.

I think if I had to pick an idea that did affect me politically, though, it's the idea of inclusive versus exclusive. Modern Republicans are exclusive; you will go far if you are a white christian male with aspirations of being rich and think because of your current state you are better than others. People who are different are shunned and/or feared. Modern Democrats are generally inclusive; diversity is encouraged, there's a recognition that everyone deserves a fair shake at life, and that we're all in this together.

Both parties have their problems. I think political correctness is left wing facism, for example (something I encountered often at OU, actually). Still, I would rather live in an inclusive community than an exclusive society.

I have heard the cliche of youths being a Democrat and adults being Republicans. I've never really bought into it. I think people of all ages, but youth in particular, are idealists. Republicans often think conservatism isn't an ideal but it is; they want their own utopian worlds to exist.

Blah blah blah. I'll stop now because otherwise I won't stop. It's always thought provoking to read your posts, though, so keep it up!

Paul Vogt


Enjoyed your blog, I was at OU at the same time. You've come a long way to becoming a liberal, I was raised like you too in grosse pointe, rep capitol of the world. Well now it's all about haves and have nots. kinda sad... Best of luck Paul Vogt

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