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Hiding in Plain View?

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  • Democrat
    Oregon
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    I want to know how many of you are forced to keep your political and religious beliefs a secret.... out of fear of losing your job, losing friends, or even losing a romantic relationship. Are there any others out there? Have you tried to make a relationship work, despite the differences in opinion? If so, how did it turn out?

    I invite everyone to open up and tell me your story. Then I will tell you mine.
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    I'm never afraid to say what I believe! Don't like it? Too bad! And, most often, I turn out to be 100% correct.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: I'm never afraid to say what I believe! Don't like it? Too bad! And, most often, I turn out to be 100% correct.
    The only problems is if you do; then they flag it!
  • Democrat
    Oregon
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    pr Wrote: I'm never afraid to say what I believe! Don't like it? Too bad! And, most often, I turn out to be 100% correct.
    Well, that is good. I wonder if you were trying to start a career or were dating, if you'd think differently? Also, is your family like minded? Some of mine are but the rest are always arguing with me, almost daily, about stuff I say.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I can relate to this subject. I come from a very conservative based family that is very Republican and tainted with a few Tea Partiers. They get hostile, yes "HOSTILE", whenever subjects come up on any Democrat agenda and find out how "I" support it. They are closed minded on any ideas and force extremes on changing my view points. I have to be careful in bringing up political subjects, like healthcare, gay rights, women rights, abortion, plan parenthood, education, evolution, conflicts around the world, and of course, our President of America. It brings down the family in "Family".

    If you work for the government and many corporate businesses, you have to be very careful, less you get reprimanded for disturbing the beliefs and views of your coworker. You are blamed for disrupting the harmony of the office relationship. Politics are a NO-NO. Religion is a No-No. Depending on your management flavor at the time, you could be reprimanded or fired. Take Hobby Lobby for example, if you bring up the right for a women to control pregnancy from a relationship she does not want to be pregnant and appeases a likeable man for building a lasting relationship, that is anti-Hobby Lobby policy depending which side of the fence your on.

    It's difficult, for me especially, to keep my views a secret. Although, I'm retired and enjoy spewing off as much as like, I can remember having get away with many hotly contested arguments on religion and politics. Yes, I remembered the rules, but I was a tenured veteran respected for professionalism in engineering and nobody in management was going to contest my office disruptions. I was to be left alone and allowed to keep doing the excellent work as expected. If your an employed person in not such a rosy employment than you do have to be very careful. Management on their discretion can pursue limited or severe punishment leading to termination of employment. If there are past practices recorded of similar events, that only enables management to make an easier decision.

    My past romantic relationships have often been "not" being liberal enough, which taught me to be more liberal as I have aged. Sex and love are great motivators in changing character. Having a military past as Vietnam Veteran, I experienced horrific views in humanity, but at the same time knowledge in the fact a strong military is very important for survival. I always enjoy talking to my grandkids today and find out they are sensitive to worldly events, but have not put things together enough to define their political character. Our youth today are too caught up in video games, entertainment (Kardashians...yuck), school events w/friends, and sports to build their politics. I do enjoy seeing their religious views developing, which is why we as parents have that God-given duty to perform. Hopefully, it clicks on religion, but it's never a sure thing as they grow older.

    For all of you that shake and rattle the trees and make noise in the offices and group settings today singing your political and religious views...........please continue.......it's fun. I enjoyed it and still do. There nothing like a fuming Republican or Tea Partier that is so mad they cannot even express themselves coherently. Go liberals and democrats...........attack!
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    I've never faced this. I live in a state that votes both ways. In a relationship I'd think the different viewpoints would be noticed sooner than later. In fact a relationship of someone with a different center of gravity makes it seem impossible. That would be like a salmon swimming up stream. A relationship shouldn't be work although it always takes effort.
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    TroyRC Wrote:
    pr Wrote: I'm never afraid to say what I believe! Don't like it? Too bad! And, most often, I turn out to be 100% correct.
    Well, that is good. I wonder if you were trying to start a career or were dating, if you'd think differently? Also, is your family like minded? Some of mine are but the rest are always arguing with me, almost daily, about stuff I say.
    My family agrees with me 100% (politically speaking, anyhow). I learned a long time ago it doesn't do you or anyone else any good to just go with the flow. Give up your values and you might as well just throw in the towel. PS - the best posts here are the ones that get deleted! Don't believe me check them out.
  • Democrat
    Oregon
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    Thank you to those who replied. I was just curious if what I was dealing with was more widespread than I thought.