Skip to comments.A liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mugged yet
Posted on 06/15/2010 6:12:37 AM PDT by Jaysin
There is a famous expression that "A liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mugged yet"
I would like to ask my fellow Freepers if they know of any REAL accounts of people (liberals) who turned to the right after being mugged.
I don't specifically mean "mugged" physically, but someone who perhaps lost a job because of "diversity", or someone who screamed about homeless rights until a low-income housing project was built a 1/4 mile from their house etc....
I just want to hear some good stories of liberals getting smacked in the face with reality.
On the flip side, I wouldn't mind hearing stories of a conservative that flipped to the liberal side because of something.
I think GWB's adventure in Iraq may have nullified some of that original reaction, though.
Yes. I worked with a woman who was a flaming liberal Democrat. Definitely against the death penalty. One day, tragically, her daughter-in-law was murdered while working in a restaurant. Guess what? She was suddenly FOR the death penalty.
Gov’t oversight of the Oil industry. BP had already had 30 people die before the latest incident when 11 more died. BP’s refineries had 50X the safety violations (97% of the total) over the last 5 years (OSHA). BP had 750ish violations violations vs all the other oil companies having single digits (MMS).
One of many sources: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/bps-dismal-safety-record/story?id=10763042&page=1
This blowout is BP’s fault, but our Gov’t oversight was severely lacking on enforcement. BP should of been banned from US territory.
I’m a public school teacher, and a lot of teachers start out liberal and slowly drift to the right. It’s a gradual process and many of them never consciously realize that they are now Republicans, but when you talk to them, their dismay over the demonization of whites, the birth rate of illiterate illegals, the declining work ethic and sense of entitlement of the poor, and their fear for where this country is going is tangible.
Where should we drill there hotshot?
My nephew had his identity stolen, changed him from a lib to a conservative overnight. An illegal alien had his id.
I wish I could remember who, but we have a FReeper here who’s always said that a conservative is a liberal that’s been mugged, and a liberal is a conservative who’s been indicted.
My sister is an East Coast liberal who complained loudly about everything Bush did. Then she got mugged twice within a year (in New York). Interestingly, she’s a conservative on law and order and illegal immigration, but still a brainless Obamabot on everything else. I think she was adopted (just kidding).
Chevron, Shell, Conoco other companies that have proven safety records can drill where ever. BP has issues.
stories like this (unfortunate, as they are) are what I’m looking for on this thread!
“Its a gradual process and many of them never consciously realize that they are now Republicans, but when you talk to them,”
Had a conversation with someone I work with. He has been a flaming liberal as far as his talk goes yet he claims to be a Christian. I sat him down and carefully went through the different issues such as abortion, pay, taxes, etc. I told him “you’re a conservative”! His response was, “don’t tell anybody!”
Do you remember all of the BP ads that claimed that they were the most responsible, most green oil company? What a bunch of lies.
Getting into my own business cured me of that idea fairly quickly. A short series of muggings by reality.
I met a very annoying Jewish woman at a funeral this weekend. She recently completed her medical residency as a surgeon, and is now seeking employmnet.
When I asked her how liability insurance for PA (philly) compared with NJ, she got all huffy. At one point she said something to the effect of “I hate Republicans, but they’re right about the need for liability reform.”
I see a reluctant conversion in her future, though I’m not sure we’re any better off with her on the team. Very annoying.
A good example is David Horowitz.
Born to hard core communist parents.
Now he is farther to the right than Limbaugh.
Don’t know what brought on the conversion, but that is a long journey.
I see this in our schools as well. The young teachers are idealistic, the older teachers more reasoned. Older teachers that haven’t made the conversion are either delusional, or union hacks.
when did you graduate college?
I leaned a bit liberal, in an unthinking sort of way.
Until I got a job and saw how much I actually got to keep out of my paycheck.
If there was any lingering doubt, it disappeared when I bought a house and started paying property taxes.
There’s a reason that leftistism is prevalent in those who aren’t actually paying any of its bills.
But that just got me to see that liberalism was an abject failure.
What made me a conservative, (who, more accurately), was Ronald Reagan.
I actually took classes from Howard Zinn.......
I actually think that helped in the long run.
He tells you what happened in Radical Son which I consider to be one of the best autobiographies ever written.
And a Progressive is a mugger
I’m surprised you didn’t have to go through therapy after dealing with that loon Zinn, considering his revisionist ideas of American history.
I think he came to class stoned, plus it was rumored that lot of the not so smart girls got A's for their efforts........
He was really popular with a lot of students, his anti-America schtick sold well.
I think that's still common at most campuses.
I was a lib by default going into college. Was rankled by the plethora of posters and notices for the Affirmative Action stuff - got into a bit of an argument or two in a class or two. Couldn’t see why holding me and other young, white males back today was the right way to compensate for non-white, non-males being held back a decade ago. Took up “Affirmative Action; poisoning the future to correct the past” as my mantra.
Or just received a government grant! LOL!
Bump Radical Son..Hand it to a liberal who is willing to read it.
If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.
IIRC his transformation was started by the murder of a friend by the Black Panthers, whom he had supported up to that time.
Some of us are just trying to get by. ;)
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