I'm a liberal and a former Marine (not ex-Marine: FORMER Marine- once a Marine, always a Marine!). My father is a liberal and served in the Navy during Vietnam. My uncle is a liberal and also served during Vietnam. My best friend is a hippie and he served with the 10th Mtn. Division and was shot at in Bosnia. The bass player for our band was in the USAF and he's a hippie (we cover Grateful Dead tunes). A good friend of mine served in the Navy and now works as an environmental biologist and he's very leftist. I know an former Marine Sniper who did some missions in Central America and Colombia, had a chunk of ear shot off and he's a hippie. My ex-wife is a former Marine (we met while serving) and she was the President of Young Democrats club of her college, and she's a liberal. And I know to former Marines who are gay (and both knew they were gay when they were in!). Not to mention all of the butch lesbians I knew while I was in the USMC!