(Closed) Do you and your sibs agree about politics?

posted 6 years ago in Family
  • poll: Do you and your siblings agree about politics? [there are options for multiple sibs]
    Yes (1 sibling) : (11 votes)
    24 %
    No (1 sibling) : (10 votes)
    22 %
    Yes, We all do (multiple siblings) : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Some do, some don't (multiple siblings) : (13 votes)
    29 %
    I don't know, we've never talked about it. : (5 votes)
    11 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    693 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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
    Member
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    Member
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    Member
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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 # 9
    Member
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @AmeliaBedelia:  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
    Member
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @asscherlover:  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
    Member
    334 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    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
    Member
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Brother and I match. Other brother more conservative (but not strongly). Sister is 7 years old.

    Post # 14
    Member
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
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    486 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    Member
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    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.

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