Nealenews links to an opinion piece by Cinnamon Stillwell where Stillwell explains his place in the world since the events of 9/11:
Thoroughly disgusted by the behavior of those on the left, I began to look elsewhere for support. To my astonishment, I found that the only voices that seemed to me to be intellectually and morally honest were on the right. Suddenly, I was listening to conservative talk-show hosts on the radio and reading conservative columnists, and they were making sense. When I actually met conservatives, I discovered that they did not at all embody the stereotypes with which I'd been inculcated as a liberal.I suspect that this is a fairly typical response that some people have to earth shattering events. This of course probably takes place to certain degrees on both the left and the right of the political spectrum.
Although my initial agreement with voices on the right centered on the war on terrorism, I began to find myself in concurrence with other aspects of conservative political philosophy as well. Smaller government, traditional societal structures, respect and reverence for life, the importance of family, personal responsibility, national unity over identity politics and the benefits of living in a meritocracy all became important to me. In truth, it turns out I was already conservative on many of these subjects but had never been willing to admit as much.
Being quite conservative myself, I find it interesting how those who go from the left to the right always mention how surprised they are when they realize that righties aren't all crazy, ignorant, and bigoted. The notion that those from the right of the political spectrum could be anything else never seems to have occured to them.
I bring this up because I suspect it would less likely that a person with a conservative belief system would be able to have a similar transformation. From my own experience I view a young person with leftie views as either naive, ill-informed, brain-washed, or downright self-destructive. As for older lefties... well I just feel sorry for them.
It's as if they never really grew up.