I was checking out twitter and found this article. I wish it was a step-by-step manual on how to accomplish above mentioned feat. I have several people I would love to put through a deprogram, mostly family. They find it so hard to understand, especially at a young age, that the world isn't what they think it is. Having it tough as a kid can make you turn out one of two ways:
1) You're upset that you had it so hard and hang on to every social system out there, or
2) You work your tail off and grab hold of the American dream with both hands.
My maturation as a conservative was slow. I was raised in a Christian household, but my teaching leaned more left of center than right, much of it being that we had to help the little guy because he can't help himself.
I have been poor, really poor. I truly believe that most people want to help themselves. Who doesn't feel good when they accomplish something, when they buy their first home, when they graduate from school or get that job that pays just a little bit more? I wanted that all my life, and am finally in a position where I can actually pay my bills. That is the most liberating feeling of all.
First I joined the Navy out of school and learned about sacrifice. Then I had children and learned what it means to worry about their futures. I worshiped God more, spent more time in church. Two of my children were born with special needs and although I fell briefly into the self-pity trap, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and educated myself. I advocated for my children. Not happy with their education, I began to homeschool. I met many other Christian homeschooling families and found a great church, and that cemented it even more for me.
I totally understand this article. I just wish I could have come to the realization sooner myself!
How to Deprogram a Liberal in One Year Or Less