Ace writes about his own process of political conversion:
If you’ve always been conservative, then you can tell me a great many things about doctrine and such, but one place I will always have more experience than you is in terms of conversion and persuasion.
Because I went through a conversion myself. I was persuaded myself. I have only anecdotal experience; but I do have that anecdotal experience.
Anyone who’s always been Solid Red doesn’t have that experience.
So you can tell me you know more about conservative doctrine (this concession is easily made– I am not a deep thinker on conservative doctrine at all) but unless you’ve actually changed your stripes, you cannot tell me what arguments work on persuading someone to move from liberal-ish to moderate to conservative/moderate to finally conservative.
And I will tell you this: The giddy thing about a conversion is the liberation from complete and utter bullshit — accreted dogma, groupthink, it is so because we have said it is so.
Anyone who moves from liberal to conservative will always describe it as liberating epiphany, of breathing free air.
So please listen to me, if on nothing else at all, when I tell you that this dopey attempt to pound people into accepting the groupthink by appeals to solidarity and appeals to authority (authority which is not universally conceded, even on the right) is a loser.
Only a few people who are truly unhinged find they can no longer live under one set of dogmas and then fly to embrace, passionately, a whole ‘nother set of dogmas…
For most people, they convert when they want to escape a set of dogmas and then live under fewer dogmas, or even none at all.
They do not wish to jump willy-nilly and embrace a whole new set of dogmas.
Please read the whole thing.
Ace is expressing a thought I share: I didn’t jump off the liberal bandwagon to jump onto a conservative one. I try to think for myself as much as possible, and sometimes it leads me in directions that are quite different from the conservative position. I often try not to even read others’ opinions before I write on a topic, to remove their possible influence on me.
Some people don’t like what I have to say, such as my support of Romney in this election. That’s fine. I don’t really care, as long as you disagree civilly.