people who change political perspective dramatically at some later point in their life
Yep, don't they say a Republican is a Democrat who's had his wallet stolen?
You have to also look at the different axes (social liberalism/conservatism vs. economic lib./conserv.) as did one of the political "quantification" quizzes: http://politicalcompass.org/index
I had a pretty conservative dad, and that got me started out.. in opposition. Maybe if he'd been a hippie I've been a Young Conservative, who knows?*
* My sister, OTOH keeps moving rightward! I think it's somewhat based on fear, and also the fact she has two young kids -- she's fried, and responds to the emotional components.
I can't say my mind has been changed
by the forum, but as someone else said, my horizons have been broadened, and I've stood corrected on occasion.* I know some folks can do without the political discussions here, but I find them valuable; I check out a number of political sites (both left and right) and you tend to find just the "true believers." Here there are people from a range of political complexions and I appreciate that! I know some people say "I just want financial info" but money and choices are SO tied up in economics, which of course leads to politics, that it's hard not to have opinions about things one way or the other.
Sibling update:* ESCALATION.
2000-2002 she sends me links to Andrew Sullivan
2002-2004 llinks to the National Review
2004-2006 links to Hugh Hewitt
September 10, 2006: link to Michelle Malkin
It's official! She's jumped the shark.