If they let them form theirs, theyll form them based on how they see the world, their own experiences, and what "they" think is right, but if parents raise them to think it, thats not the kids beliefs but the parents beliefs engrained in their kid.
and honestly not much of difference happens when a republican or democrat gets elected in office (for america) people freak out either way and it wouldn't change much. And both sides say the other party is falling apart, and both sides edit videos/interviews to make the other party look bad, regardless of whether or not the full video would actually make them look good.
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I would argue that you can't even influence your children's political views as much as you think. And it's particularly difficult, if not impossible, to not influence them at all. Why? Because political views don't just have to do with specific topics, they always have a lot to do with worldview in general, moral and ethical values and these kind of things. And it's almost impossible to not teach your kid any of those. Picture a little child pulling a cat's or dog's tail and the mommy says "hey don't do that!" and the child asks "why?" and the mom replies: "because it hurts him/her! Animals have feelings too!" There you go. Already taught some ethics without mentioning anything remotely political. I base my liberal views largely (to 95%) on my general attitude towards life and this world as a secular humanist. Take gay marriage as a random topic. Of course I can bring forth rational arguments why it makes sense to legalize gay marriage or why it's wrong to discriminate against gay people but my core belief why homosexuality is something totally fine comes from my secular humanism, because I reject religion as an oppressive instrument of control, because I believe every human being is born free and because I believe that we as human beings can only peacefully and happily live together if we are tolerant and open minded parts of the society. All these core values are pretty vague in the sense that they could also be applied to other topics. It's things that your parents just give you along or they don't. I'm not sure if I would be able to control this influence on my future children even if I tried to. You just pass it on, without noticing. Of course you can influence them in the sense that you can force your opinions on your children or instead not talk a lot about politics but there will also be a value basis that you simply give them on their way and that you can't not give them.0