Always interesting gauging this. I didn't really care, or was just moderate/centrist, until 9/11. My pops laid the framework for my interest in politics when he asked me to work Bush 2000 with em, I agreed, it was too fun. Come 9/11, I finally woke up, saw the need for preventative war, realized fear last longer than love, and if the world was really terrified of us, that wouldn't have happened obviously. I began following all news daily, kept reading up on military and political history of the U.S. and abroad, and researching both party's histories and platforms so I could feel out where I belonged. I was center-right fiscally, I didn't wanna abolish welfare all together, just want it scaled back, cut, deregulation, end Fed., etc. I was for shrinking gov't. and for personal liberty, but wanted and knew we could have both liberty and security. That couple with my foreign policy, I quickly realized I was half neo-con, half-Libertarian. At this same time, GWB continued to impress me with his stalwart emphasis on national security, and like me, newly awakened need for what is considered neo-conservative foreign policy. I took this with his social positions, which I mostly agreed with, and decided to support his admin. After researching both parties histories, it was obvious to me I belonged in the GOP, as their history and platform put the Dems to shame. I proudly registered GOP when I turned 18.