How I Got Mugged by Reality and Became a Conservative

Mike Jensen, The Lone Conservative

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It may be a bit cliché to say, but my personal shift from Liberalism to Conservatism was akin to going from adolescence to adulthood. I was most sure of my ideas and opinions at the time where I knew the least about anything—my freshman year of college. 

Going through a public school system and being taught by teachers who more than lean to the left, my thoughts and ideas were incubated in a bubble of combined confirmation of bias and an arrogant self-assurance. When I started college, I was almost a textbook urban, liberal democrat. I believed all of the common party gospel: Republicans were racist, the rich held the poor under their thumb for the fun of it, and that if the right people were in power they could solve all of my problems.

Then, to quote Alan Greenspan, I "got mugged by Reality." I began to have experiences that challenged my worldview. I worked in my local government as an accounting intern for the Department of Streets and I took courses in Economics, but, perhaps most importantly, I realized how empowering conservative ideology can be as a worldview.

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