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  •  I was a Republican when I went to college (14+ / 0-)

    ...and very much not by the time I got out. It helped that so much Bush stupidity happened while I was in college (from '02 to '06), but mainly, it was just the experience of being exposed to actual other viewpoints. I was raised on daily Limbaugh and daily Fox News, my entire family was Republican, everyone I knew was Republican. There was very much a comfortable bubble of Republicanosity I lived in. My college broke that bubble very, very painfully--but I'm eternally glad for it. Hello from a newly minted Democrat.

    I don't want to think of how I would have ended up if my college had been hugely conservative and if I'd been allowed to continue happily and cluelessly within the Fox News crowd. Take it from me, it's hugely important to stop these happenings at Dartmouth now.

    •  I was also a Republican in college (1+ / 0-)
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      I went in as one during the Reagan years, and came out as one, but one of my favorite professors was a political science guy who was way left-wing.

      It at least made me a lot more tolerant to other views.

      By the end of Reagan's 2nd term I was starting to become a bit more and more disillusioned (despite being a winger, I was always an environmentalist too, and James Watt horrified me; I was also alarmed by the rise of the religious right, and hated the way Reagan dealt with the AIDS crisis).

      By 1992 I'd left the Republican Party.

      "[Republicans] swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose." --Alan Greenspan

      by lanshark on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 07:47:10 PM PDT

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