“Many of us switched in 1980.”
It should have come clear soon after WWII ended.
The conservative mvement of the 50s/60s had national security at its core.
Many wondered how the events of the 50s, 60s and 70s by the political left/democrat socialist party could have been misread by ANY intelligent Americans?
Nixon and McCarthy had the goods on the communists inside America by the early 50s, who were protected by the media, intelligencia and Democrat party for years and years.
I turned 18 in 1980 and voted for Reagan. I was never really on the other side. I just grew up in a democrat household. It took me until 1994 to convert the last of them.