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    For a lot of kids escaping conservative bigoted backgrounds, college is transformative. Was for me.

    I remember at UW hiring a work-study student from a very racist and ultra-conservative family, and watching with pleasure as he grew up and left those distortions behind. It wasn't that the rest of us liberals brainwashing him, although we were kind. It's that the kid started to think critically, started to get a little more intellectually flexible, got the idea that facts matter, got a chance to really debate things both within himself and with others.  That's why I'm not willing to write off conservatives in their teens and early 20's, because they have not yet ossified into something ugly, yet. In fact, it's a good idea to walk the extra mile with those kids.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:18:09 AM PDT

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    •  I was raised by right wing parents in (0+ / 0-)

      Dennis Hastert's district.  Went to visit Indiana University in the mid 70s.  The whole thing felt all "peace and love" to me.  My parents hated  it; I loved it.  

      I think I would have become what I am anyway.  But it felt right and Bloomington made things easier.  

      My freshman year was election 76.  I was too young to vote but would have voted for Ford.  By 1980, I was a flaming liberal.  College is a transformative experience.

      My niece, who aspires to be the first woman president (don't think she'll make it because I think we will have one long before she turns 35), lives in Mean Jean Schmidt's district (okay I know she is gone, but still) and her parents are christian right to the max.  She is considering Yale, Vanderbilt and Univ of Kentucky.  Would like her to move out of her comfort zone, although she is totally a true believer right now.  

      "The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention." Molly Ivins

      by janmtairy on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:35:15 PM PDT

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