Post # 1
Pretty much what the poll asks – do you agree with your siblings about politics?
If not, how do you handle it? Are there debates and disagreements or do you just agree to disagree. I have some options for multiple siblings to try and make it clear.
Post # 3
No. About 5 years ago my sister told me she was a Republican. She couldn’t tell me what she stood for, believed in, or any issues so I rolled my eyes at her. She just said her husband is a Republican so she is. She has never voted. She-never mind. I feel a rant, so I will just say no.
Post # 4
My brother and I are basically on the same page. My sister and I are . . . not.
My current dilemma is the fact that Fiance and I are on VASTLY different pages.
Post # 5
We don’t debate. My little brother absolutely loves to have incredibly long and thought provoking conversations about philosophy and politics. They require too much thought for me so I usually end the conversation before my little brother is done asking questions (he was 1,000,000 supporting arguements for why you believe something and will argue against each one you come up with just to play devil’s advocate). We generally agree on most issues though. My older brother is the opposite of us and its impossible to talk with about politics because he has an “I’m always right” attitude and doesn’t listen to other points of view. My little sister is too young to care.
So basically, we don’t all agree, but we all avoid the topic (except my little brother who loves it).
Post # 6
Mostly, no. I have one brother who I would categorize as somewhat libertarian and I am super liberal (like almost socialist).
It hasn’t really been a huge issue. We agree on social issues which is most important to me. If he was anti-gay or pro-life or whatever I think I’d have a hard time respecting him/his opinions. Where we disagree is in terms of how much the government should help people. He has a very “everyone fend for themselves” kind of attitude whereas I think that a civilized society should invest in its citizens to make a stronger country. I think he is totally wrong. And kind of selfish (he admits he basically is. he just doesn’t want to pay more taxes and he doesn’t care about anyone else). But it just doesn’t really come up all that often with us.
I will say– there was a tense moment this summer. We were all on vacation together (my parents, my brother/sil, me/dh) when the supreme court ruled on obamacare. My mom and I had been anxiously awaiting the decision and she was at the beach when it came in. When she got back I told her the gist of it mostly being approved and my sister in law decided to make some really ignorant comments (not opinions— stating facts that are outright WRONG) which drove me kind of crazy because ignorant people with strong opinions are a big pet peeve of mine. But my mom stepped in pretty quick and assigned my brother/sil to go make lunch and that was the end of it haha.
Post # 7
Yeah, mine is a some do, some don’t. Though it’s really a lot more complicated.
Some of them are too young to care or at least too young to vote, but my oldest little brother is the opposite of me. He’s kind of like your brother @asscherlover
in that he likes to debate. The problem is that he often is just kind of self-centered and believes he’s always right. 90% of the time we have great conversations, but politics isn’t one we can discuss without me getting frustrated with his attitude.
Post # 9
Brother is a liberal. I’m a conservative.
We are both perfectly fine with each others political stance. My mother on the other hand goes out of her way to attack anyone who is a conservative. (my father is a conservative and is very easy going and just sticks to facts… He also got his masters in economics so it makes sense)
Post # 10
Whats most frustrating about my little brother is he isn’t incredibly educated about everything he talks about. He is very intelligent and knows quite a few obscure facts and often knows about obscure philosphical figures and their ideologies. When it comes to the more big name people, I usually know more than he does, because my Fiance loves politics and I absorb a lot by being in the room with him when he watches documentaries (or right now when he is watching the DNC). Sometimes he says things that are just wrong. As in he gets facts backwards because he got his information from an unreliable source. Or he treats an opinion like it is a fact. And its just aggravating. Thanksgiving is the worst holiday for this because my grandparents come over and they love to get him talking and encourage him to continue conversations that are too much work for everyone else in the room.
Post # 11
This is how I feel about my sister. She isn’t usually very political but one day she was ranting about how welfare recipients should be drug tested. I tried to explain to her that it isn’t effective, that it costs more to administer than it saves, and that welfare isn’t really the drain on the economy that it’s painted as, AND it has tons of restrictions already (which is generally the argument against it — as though people can stay on it forever), but she refused to hear any of it.
It’s best to just walk away sometimes.
Post # 12
Yes we do, though I have always tended to be more involved in politics and social advocacy than my sister. One of my very happiest moments was when my Fiance and my sister marched with me in the pride parade. It gives us a sense of unity, especially since my parents tend to lean more to the right.
Post # 13
Brother and I match. Other brother more conservative (but not strongly). Sister is 7 years old.
Post # 14
Brother is way more conservative than I am. Honestly we don’t talk politics much, so it doesn’t really matter, but it does bother me a bit that I feel he’s only conservative b/c that’s what our Dad thinks. Maybe he’s thought about it more than i give him credit for, but I don’t see it.
Post # 15
My sister and I are on completely the same when it comes to politics… and we are 5 years apart. We are basically complete opposites of our mom. And Fiance is on a hole different page! haha
Post # 16
My brother and I grew up in a very liberal family. We too thought we were liberal when we were younger, but that changed over the years, and now we are both staunch conservatives. Our family (parents, aunts, uncles, etc) is very liberal though. My brother and I discuss politics freely in private, and when we’re with family I don’t hide my opinions or tell them what they want to hear, but I also don’t start or participate in arguments.