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  •  I really have to think about this post. (9+ / 0-)

    It is well written, but somehow it does not ring true to me.  The essay is so tidy that somehow Aguadito's transformation seems too tidy.  

    Such change in a person usually comes with a greater level of angst and complication than what I am reading here.

    "Since when did obeying corporate power become patriotic." Going the Distance

    by Going the Distance on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:19:05 AM PST

    •  I agree it's tidy... (7+ / 0-)

      but not everyone has to have profound and deep experiences to change their minds, particularly given that he lacked either religious or family attachment to conservatism in his formative years.  Those are generally the source of deepest angst in having to abandon conservatism.  So the lack of deep soul-searching is more belivable.

      Also, the writer is still on a journey of maturity, and ten years from now he'd write more about the difficulties in how his feelings changed - more of the bumps in the road.

      It could still be a put-on, of course - for that matter, so could any conversion story - but I don't think it is. It's much the way I wrote in my early 20s.

    •  Actually, my change was very similar to (5+ / 0-)

      the authors, if many years earlier and without the racism.

      I am cerebral and, like the author, I came to many of my beliefs through a similar method of developing a belief system and then measuring it against current reality.

      I have been told that it freaks some people (mostly the more emotionally driven) out, but it is how I operate.

      I always say that I am a slave to logic in that if you have a better argument, I can be swayed, which is how you start off as a Republican with a very conservative father and end up as a progressive liberal with a stretch in the middle where you call yourself a libertarian.

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      by Sychotic1 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:20:15 AM PST

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      •  yeah, where you start from matters (3+ / 0-)
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        I always say that I am a slave to logic in that if you have a better argument, I can be swayed, which is how you start off as a Republican with a very conservative father and end up as a progressive liberal with a stretch in the middle where you call yourself a libertarian.
        Sure, some people with conservative parents break free of that in college, but most of the liberal/progressive people I knew at that age had parents who were also liberal/progressive.

        I also had very conservative parents, and I too started off as a Republican and am now likely on the left side of liberal, with a stretch where I was a libertarian. And also a stretch where I was so disgusted by politics that I completely checked out, most of the previous decade.

    •  If I went into more detail... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...this thing would be a novel :P

      I had to have some boundaries, and I didn't want to get too caught up in specifics.

      You can check it for originality at any plagiarism site you want, I really just wrote this out bit by bit and put it together this morning because I have been running into a lot of old conservative friends and it has been on my mind to record my general thoughts.

      I also wouldn't call this "conversion". As you can see throughout the comments, I'm not on "team Democrat" per se, and find myself disagreeing a lot with liberals. But on key issue of domestic investment and social freedom, I'm very much a progressive.

      The term "conversion" is rather strange I find too. Almost like I have to believe everything that others here are believing, and people calling me a fake "progressive" just because i have a different perspective on certain historical events. So I'm going to maintain my free, independent thought and not automatically agree with everyone on DailyKos just because I've rejected some past beliefs that led me to vote Republican in the past.

    •  The comments reveal (2+ / 0-)
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      that the poster is really just an American exceptionalist.

      There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

      by srkp23 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:25:46 PM PST

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    •  read it more closely (4+ / 0-)

      he's still showing quite a few blind spots.  it doesn't look all that tidy to me

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:26:34 PM PST

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