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Life will make you conservative
The Ventura County Reporter ^ | May 2, 2013 | Paul Moomjean

Posted on 05/01/2013 6:38:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Back in college I worked at the Borders in Thousand Oaks. I shelved books at 4 a.m. While working there, politics and religion came up a lot, and I was the sole defender of two ideologies: Christianity and conservatism. One of the most interesting conversations I ever had was with a fellow college student named Bob. Bob and I enjoyed talking about all the great issues of life. One day he looked at me and said something I’ll never forget. “Paul,” he said, “you wanna know the difference between Republicans and Democrats? I’ll tell ya. Everyone’s a Democrat until some jerk with a gun comes and robs them. Then they realize what the world is really like.” He paused and said, “I hope no one ever does that to me.”

Of course Bob never wanted to be robbed, nor did I want Bob to be robbed, but Bob was more afraid that a hard jolt of reality would steal much more than his wallet; Bob was afraid it would steal his liberal mindset.

Recently, one of America’s biggest liberals, Bill Maher, has become a defender of the two faiths. This, of course, is extremely ironic when one looks back on Maher’s recent career. He gave $1 million to the Obama campaign; his 2008 anti-religion film, Religulous, mocked all types of faith; he’s spoken out cruelly against Sarah Palin (beyond most); and his HBO roundtable show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” is a bully pulpit that usually pits three liberals (Maher and two guests) against a moderate Republican.....

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: billmaher; conservatism; conservatives; television

1 posted on 05/01/2013 6:38:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pretty good apart from the conflating of party labels with ideology.


2 posted on 05/01/2013 6:39:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was born conservative, now I’m just pissed off.


3 posted on 05/01/2013 6:44:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ventura County Reporter. This is in my woods of California. Wonder if there may be more conservatives down there then the average California coastal city.

Let's hope Maher is waking up but I won't hold my breath.

4 posted on 05/01/2013 6:51:28 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No growing up makes you a Conservative. Growing up comes from overcoming things that went wrong, Liberalism comes from ignoring things that are wrong and living for what you want, not what is. Big difference.
5 posted on 05/01/2013 6:57:54 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was a liberal and after becoming a Christian at 26, became a conservative. The bible really does help you make sense of your life and shows you how to be happy, healthy and at peace. Even when you have to deal with the left, you know that what is right will win in the end.


6 posted on 05/01/2013 7:01:27 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have to agree with the general idea...I was always pretty conservative (although very apolitical) until I became self-employed. That opens your eyes to the gluttony and waste in our tax system. And yes, growing closer to God made me aware on a socially conservative level.

The fact that life makes one conservative is why liberals are growing government so fast and extending its tentacles into every facet of life. If government provides your needs and thinks for you, the “becoming conservative” thing — independence, initiative, economical thinking — gets derailed.


7 posted on 05/01/2013 7:08:14 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Linda Frances

I grew up in a fairly isolated farm community were liberalism simply didn’t enter into the equation much. I grew up poor and thinking that someone should give me what I want would have brought down the wrath of my whole family.


8 posted on 05/01/2013 7:13:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: American in Israel

I agree with you....once you MATURE you become Conservative....I know some people in their 60’s/70’s who have YET to mature!


9 posted on 05/01/2013 7:16:11 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: LostInBayport; American in Israel

Combining what you and American in Israel wrote, one notes: The purpose of gubmint’s getting into the cradle-to-grave caregiving business is to keep people from growing up. We’re becoming a nation of infants as us old farts die off, and that redounds to the benefit of the far-leftists.


10 posted on 05/01/2013 7:20:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: cripplecreek

Ha! That summed it up perfectly.


11 posted on 05/01/2013 7:34:20 PM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rush says that a conservative is just a Liberal who got mugged.
12 posted on 05/01/2013 7:38:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Linda Frances

Exactly. You know where you stand as a child of the King.


13 posted on 05/01/2013 8:11:30 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: cripplecreek

We were poor when I was little, but my parents both worked hard and God blessed us. Then we were blessed even more with God’s truth and became Christians.


14 posted on 05/01/2013 8:18:03 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: goodnesswins
once you MATURE you become Conservative

Bingo!

15 posted on 05/01/2013 8:38:23 PM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bob was afraid it would steal his liberal mindset...you've got to be pretty stupid to actually wait until you're robbed or whatever before you start to acknowledge what the world's "really like".....
16 posted on 05/01/2013 8:49:29 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: tpmintx

quote often attributed to Churchill (not sure if it is true)

“If you are not a liberal when you are 20 you have no heart. If you are not a conservative when you are 40 you have no brain”


17 posted on 05/02/2013 4:58:06 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mr. K

I was 19 when LBJ was elected. That’s when I discovered I was a conservative.


18 posted on 05/02/2013 5:04:12 PM PDT by Zman516
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To: Zman516

you monster you!


19 posted on 05/02/2013 5:52:43 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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