David Mamet's conversion to conservatism generated a lot of interesting letters to the editor in The Wall Street Journal.
From Bernard Goldberg came this opinion about liberalism:
Most of us "defectors" have one important belief in common: That liberalism deserted us and not the other way around. Liberals, I fear, forgot how to be liberal.
This struck me pretty early:
- Age 9: my teachers didn't like to be satirized, and responded like controllers
- Age 10: even little religious things - like the golden rule - weren't acceptable to some of my peers
- Age 12: my father started to reject idealism in favor as his politics moved towards the Democrats
- Age 13: no matter how cool I thought the counterculture was, I had more respect for America than some of Carter's folks
- Age 14: our liberal family friends couldn't properly place the country whose revolution they were in favor of
- Age 15: decentralization seemed like a pretty good thing to me and just about no one else
I didn't like Reagan until 1983, but I was already fertile ground as a 16-year-old in 1980.