Looking quickly over the first couple blog entries this week, I noticed that several of the people who chose the quiz option were somewhat surprised by their results. I was no different.
I would consider myself pretty politically conscious, but by no means an expert in any current issues. I often avoid conversation about politics all together, simply because I don’t believe I know enough information to make a legitimate argument for any of my beliefs. Still, in high school my group of friends was comprised of several very opinionated girls, all of whom were very proud democrats. Because of this, I found myself joining the Young Democrats club early in my high school career. I will willingly admit that I probably initially joined to avoid any awkward solo lunch hours, but I remember being pleasantly surprised with the club. We had weekly meetings, supported local representatives, and marched every year in the Memorial Day parade. Although I came from a Democratic household, I think being involved in this club confirmed my belief that I truly am a Democrat, much like my very liberal mother.
Along with being part of the Young Democrats, I also attended Obama’s inauguration on January 20th, 2009 with two of my best friends and one of their moms. We woke up at 4am, took a train into the city (we were staying with friends just outside), and weaved our way through the massive crowds to secure a spot for ourselves in an area that was considered a “great viewing location.” Great may be an exaggeration, since we could barely make out figures in front of the Capitol, but because large crowds were anticipated, jumbo-trons were provided every hundred yards. The atmosphere was exciting- music was blasting and people were dancing in any open space they could find to keep warm. Standing in 20 degree weather for over 10 hours was well worth it to see Obama make history.
When I took the “Left-Right Gradations” survey, I received the title of “Solid Liberal.” It may seem as though I would not be surprised at all by the results of my survey based on my background, but I have never considered myself “Solid anything” in the political world. Maybe it was just because my friends are beyond “Solid Liberals,” but I have always thought I was a more conservative democrat. I guess not, or else I would have received the title of “New Coalition Democrat” or “Hard-Pressed Democrat.” While I am not upset by this title by any means, I am definitely a little surprised. I felt comfortable and confident choosing a statement for every question, but seeing that title makes me want to educate myself further on why I would be considered such a “Solid Liberal.”