Does political idealism dwindle with age ?

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    ahorsebackposted 10 months ago

    Please give your age or age proximity and answer whether you believe we or you alone are  more idealist as you get older ?

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      k@riposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I'm 55 and I think I get more politically idealistic with age.  When I was young, I really did not pay attention to politics often.  Back in those days I registered as a Republican.  Now that I do pay attention I am registered as Democrat.  I think I border on Socialist.  I do not claim to know that much about politics, but I do know that we can use it to change our world.

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        ahorsebackposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        Maybe I'm not clarifying my "idealism ",  By idealistic I mean basically seeing issues to simply , naively ,  perhaps an example  . When youth are seeing politics as merely a source  for entitlement spending for free college education , for instance .   Do you feel that maturing with age  opens the mind to  a better understanding of the overall political system and the complexities of it all ?

        I know studies show we become more conservative in age , generally , that interests me in that it shows we understand politics and it's relationship to us better ,revenue  costs ,  taxes and their need,foreign  policies etc.......?

        1. k@ri profile image89
          k@riposted 10 months agoin reply to this

          LOL, I guess I'm not normal.  I become more open-minded as I age.  I have experienced enough to know my way isn't the only way.  Now when I think of politics, I think of being fair to all people.  I'm pretty sure I'm idealistic, lol.

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    ahorsebackposted 10 months ago

    Most studies show that YES , we do , isn't  that to be then considered political maturing ?

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    Kathryn L Hillposted 10 months ago

    Define "idealist" politically speaking ...

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      ahorsebackposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Kathryn , youth and young  obviously have a 'black or white " view of politics , social , cultural issues right ?   They fail to generally see the grey area's of politics , social constructs , cultural constructs , foreign affairs .  It's already proven that more people become conservative as they age ?

      Is the voting age too young ?

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        wildernessposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        Are youth too young to not only understand that there is a "tomorrow" to consider, but that that "tomorrow" might well be 30,40 or 50 years in the future?

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          ahorsebackposted 10 months agoin reply to this

          Exactly  ,   I just read Jane Fonda didn't think she'd live to be 30 , that was very common in the sixties ,seventies and today ?   I believe we've raised a generation of people who don't care one way of the other .

  4. Aime F profile image85
    Aime Fposted 10 months ago

    No, the voting age is not too young. Adults have the right to vote whether you agree with how they vote or not. What would you change the voting age to, out of curiousity? Need to crunch some numbers to see which age group votes mostly conservative?

    Political idealism is very much possible among conservatives as well so I’m not sure why you’ve narrowed down on youth/liberals (just kidding, I know exactly why).

    I was a liberal when I turned 18, I’m a liberal now, and I don’t really see that changing. I’m sure I’m still a tiny baby in your eyes though so let me add that my mom who owns her own business and is one of the smartest, most independent, fiscally responsible and successful people I’ve ever met is 55 years old and a liberal. Maybe she just needs to give it ten more years and she’ll finally be as enlightened as the rest of you? smile

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    ahorsebackposted 10 months ago

    Aime , I asked the question just to get some response , I wouldn't raise the age either unless we raised the age of being a soldier ,  But like it or not , young people are more naively  idealistic . It's not nessessarily a fault , it's just a truth  ,  as we age we become wiser in ways of the world no matter which party we're in , we tend to politically vote and make decisions  in far wiser and more informed  ways .   

    Most marchers in the street are young , fact , why don't you see older people  burning police cruisers ,  throwing bricks at cops ,  holding sit ins ?    Because we become wiser. That's why .


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