This is the not the first discussion forum where I have encountered squawking about my alleged "lack of respect." It is usually the same -- "you young whippersnapper, I was defending this country before you were born. That makes my opinion more valid than yours. Don't argue with me, you disgusting unwashed liberal punk!" My response is always the same: You respect me, and I will respect you. Your past accomplishments or your ancestry does not automatically gain you respect. You need to earn it. And don't say I don't respect any of you. I can honestly say that I learn something new from reading this forum every day. I consider GOP Jeff, Gem, Kathianne and Dilloduck among the most learned and well-stated political posters I have ever encountered. I even respect Evil at times, since he occasionally has some good points (though I am sure the fact that a liberal scum is in agreement has him heading toward the showers). Too many of your views or either outdated or flat wrong. If you still believe that the University of California at Berkeley remains the last outpost of flagrant hippie liberalism, then you are about 40 years behind the time. Cal has a large conservative group, and is consistently rated among the TOP 5 public universities IN THE NATION. Of course, you can always hold on to the Pol Pot school of thought that knowledge is secondary to might and power. The sword was always mightier than the pen. My parents were liberals, but they were extremely strict. They just made the mistake of allowing (even encouraging) me to think for myself. They didn't force my sister or I to go to church. They never made any political statements that we were forced to adhere to. We didn't grow up dressed in camouflage or playing with toy soldiers and tanks. My parents remain together and continue to offer us guidance, which automatically puts them above the 50 percent that are not. So, yes, I guess I am a liberal. But I bet I am better adjusted than many of your kids, if you indeed have any.