I have A Hypothetical Question!

United States
August 31, 2008 6:32pm CST
Lets say that you from one Political party and your son if for another. Your Son runs for the Presidency. Would you be supportive or against him. How do you think that you would react if he won and became President? Would it make you change your Political Party?
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• United States
17 Sep 08
Lets face it. i practically live this question. I come from a family of staunch union Democrats and I'm a die hard Conservative republican. I guess the point is that i am conservative first. I have friends who believe much like me but are registered democrats. I even have a couple of family members like that. the problem is that i have a lot of family members who tow the party line no matter how insane it gets. that is something I could never support. My grandfather was active in local politics and even held office as a precinct committeeman several times. Most of his positions, at the time, in regard to local issues were beliefs i could support but a lot of the things he went along with later in life were diametrically opposed to my way of thinking. I suppose if my child were running for president I would be quite proud of his willingness to take a stand and would encourage him to stand firm for his beliefs. I would have no problem with his actions and would be proud of his accomplishments but, if the views he held as his campaign platform were opposed to mine I would not vote for him. I actually had a similar discussion with my sister. Following the family line she is a registered democrat but her views are more in line with the libertarians. I've pointed this out to her and encouraged her to investigate that party. she would still have to vote for people of other parties when their views aligned with hers and her party had no candidate in the race but that's nothing new. I live in a union town in NE Ohio and very few republicans run for local office. Even the Congressional race rarely has a GOP candidate. I look at the candidates available and vote for the one who best represents me.
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• United States
17 Sep 08
I asked this question, with you in mind. Nice answer.
• United States
19 Sep 08
In that case let me add this. Above all i would hope that, whatever party my child were running for, hi/her integrity would be such that the other party would be incapable of running a smear campaign without being forced to make stuff up. We all have a skeleton or two in the closet but I would hope my child lived a life such that he could stand to give those skeletons an airing without serious detriment to his campaign.
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• United States
24 Sep 08
No one is perfect. No one expects anyone to be perfect, that is just unrealistic.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I am a Dem and one of my sons is a Republican. If he was running for office I would support him, yes, unless his views went harshly against my own. I would be happy if he won, and very proud of him Would I change my party? No way, no how!
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• United States
31 Aug 08
How would you support him. I mean how imvolved would you get?
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I might follow him around to places, but I wouldn't campaign for him, I'd want him to have a chance to get elected Seeing as I am an old hippie and he is more like a middle aged Alex Keaton, it might be better if I actually stayed hidden while he was running for office
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• United States
1 Sep 08
Nice answer!
@capirani (1841)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I would be supportive of him as his mother, but that does not mean I would vote for him. I vote according to issues, not personalities and that would include my own family if it came to that, and they would know that. So I would know my son would understand that I may not be voting for him if he does not support the same issues I do.
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• United States
6 Sep 08
How suportive would you be? Would you campaign for him?
@capirani (1841)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Well, like I said, if he were promoting issues I did not agree with I would not be voting for him. And if that were the case, I would still, as I said, be supportive of him as my son because I am his mother, but no, I would not campaign for him or support his campaign. Being supportive of a son in a mother/son relationship does not necessarily mean supportive in what he believes in. Actually as I have re-read some of these responses, I have been thinking that I really wouldn't want my son, or my daughter for that matter, to run for president. It is such a huge responsibility and no matter what you do, at least half the people don't like it. It is a lot to have to deal with on an emotional and social level. But if that is what they chose to do, I would support their right to do so. They would already know, as I said before, if I agreed with their platforms or not and how I would vote.
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• United States
5 Sep 08
I vote based upon who I believe is best for the job, not who is in my party. I have never voted straight ticket in any election. I would be happy if he won. I would support him because he is my son. If he is making decisions I don't agree with then I would approach him and talk to him. What better opportunity would I have than to have my son being the president.
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• United States
5 Sep 08
Yes, I agree that it would make most parents proud!
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Good question, and I honestly can't say forsure. I know my mother and I had different political views, and I learned very quickly to just not bring up politics around her. Actually I learned not to bring up politics with anyone I didn't know very well, because it can tend to start a brawl, lol. But I'm not the type of person to be swayed very easily unless I have an open mind to begin with, and as most people, when it comes to politics, I do not have an open mind. Most likely I would try to swade my son to see my views, and make the best argument I could. In the end though, I would support him, but not completely change my views.
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• United States
5 Sep 08
What you said is totally understandable.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I would definitely vote for my son regardless of his party. I would be excited for him if he won the presidency and support him all the way. This may not be the fair way of doing things when it comes to a leader of our country but this is the way I would handle it. I would think his morals and values would be the same as ours and he would choose the same party as we chose but again I say if he ran for the opposite party, I would stand behind his decision.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
I can totally understand your way of thinking! It is a very Honorable position being the President!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Er...I don't have a son, but since this is hypothetical question: Yes I would support him, and no I wouldn't change my political party (I don't even have one and even if I did, its no big deal to me lol). I think it'd be awesome if he became President.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
Yes it is very exciting, just the though that a child of mine would be President! No, I do not have a child running.....
@stoa2008 (62)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I'm a libertarian, so I don't subscribe to the red team/blue team mentality of the mainstream. I would not support the candidacy of anyone that I had ethical disagreements with.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
Ok, I can understand your supporting your ethics!. I think that is great!
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I don't like discussing politics as I was raised it is wrong. Political beliefs are personal!!! However, this is a political question that I can answer. I believe children should have their OWN mind guided by the parent. If my child ran for President under a different party, YES I would support him/her. I would be PROUD to say that's my child. I assume that I would need to change political parties to keep the press at bay. Obviously my child cannot change parties at that point. Even though everybody acts like there is a HUGE difference between the 2 parties, I find very little difference. They ALL tell you what they are gonna do for you & then do for themselves. They ALL tell you what they are NOT gonna do, then do it for themselves. They ALL lie, cheat & steal. My first job was on Capitol Hill. I have VERY LITTLE respect for politicians!!!
• United States
1 Sep 08
I am not sure how to respond to this.. thanks for responding. I see enough of a difference between the 2 parties to know what I stand for, and what I do Not like!
@lvaldean (1612)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I love my sons. I don't always agree with them. I raised them to think for themselves and that means not necessarily agree with me. If one of my sons ran for President I would support his decision to do so. If he were to run a platform that was counter to my personal political beliefs I would vote for whoever was running that I supported. Loving my child has nothing to do with running the country.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
I can see your points! Very interesting!
• United States
1 Sep 08
I wouldn't vote for him. I would be supportive of his candidacy, but that isn't the same as voting for him. And I would hope he would understand, especially since he will be president. Some things are too important to leave to just what family someone is from. And what we vote for should be based on the effect that it will have on the country. Thats my opinion at least.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
What would you do as far as supporting his candidacy? How invovled would you get?
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I am in Independent and I could and would support my child if they ran for president. If their views were against mine I don't think that I would vote for them. I wouldn't go against my beliefs, my children at their young age know my political stands, and they also know that I would not comprimise my beliefs. I've spent my years teaching them to stand up for themselves and their beliefs I think I would defuse that if I voted for them and they didn't share my politicial views.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
I can see your points. I understand that! Thanks for responding!