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Why I Became a Conservative

Posted on 10 April 2011 by Editor

Originally posted 2009-10-07 21:50:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

by Nancy Morgan
RightBias.com
October 1, 2009
 
 
In early 1992, I heard five words that were to drastically alter the course of my life. H. Ross Perot was on TV. He held up a toilet seat and said “The government paid $700.00 for this toilet seat.” He then stated, “And this is public knowledge.” Huh?
 
Perot then went on to outline more fascinating nuggets of information I had absolutely no knowledge of. He pulled out charts and graphs and proceeded to inform me of a world of facts to which I had never been exposed.
 
Having long prided myself on being informed, I decided to educate myself on all this “public knowledge.” What I found appalled and angered me. And changed my life forever.
 
For the first time in my life, I picked up a National Review magazine and started reading. I moved on to the Washington Times, American Spectator and various other conservative publications I had never been aware of before. The more I read, the angrier I got.
 
I had always assumed that if something was on TV or in the newspapers, it was correct. I always assumed that our elected officials knew better than I how to address the problems of our nation. I always assumed that my friends’ opinions were more valid and informed than mine. I was 39 years old and just finding out how incredibly naive I was.
 
Having lived in Los Angeles since my teens, I was never exposed to any other than the liberal point of view. I made the mistake of assuming it was the only valid view, just as millions of other Americans still do.
 
I had adopted the views of the herd, assuming that since everyone felt that way, it was the right way to feel. Besides, I was too busy living my life to spend the time necessary to form my own views independently of my peers. I had taken the easy way out, accepting and spouting the currently fashionable talking points as my own. And patting myself on the back for being informed and knowledgeable. Ouch.
 
After reveling in government approved and politically correct self esteem for so many years, the descent into humility was painful. How naive was I to have blindly accepted so many premises without question? How ignorant was I to have advocated certain positions based on face value and cheap sound bites? How stupid was I to have allowed others to manipulate and exploit my ignorance? The answer: Pretty darn stupid.

The anger I felt stemmed from finally realizing that no matter how thin the pancake, there are always two sides. And I had only been exposed to one. That didn’t set right. I felt I had been lied to my whole life. I responded by making it my mission to inform everyone I knew of the astonishing revelations I was finding on a daily basis. That was another big mistake.
 
I assumed everyone in my world would be just as appalled as I to find that things were not as they seemed. I studied, I amassed facts, I quoted sources, and I lectured. And I got yet another lesson in humility. Instead of applauding my efforts, my family, my friends, my husband and my co-workers sent me to the woodshed.
 
I soon realized that my facts took a back seat to their emotions. I found that the conservative point of view had been judged invalid years before I became aware of it. The case was already closed. Hadn’t I heard? 
 
I persisted. “But how can you dispute these facts?” I railed. I quickly found out. Liberals demolished my factual arguments by demonizing me, thus relieving themselves of the need to entertain or debate any facts that challenged their world view.
 
Being stubborn as well as stupid, I continued my quest to inform one and all of the error of their way of thinking. With predictable results. Soon, everyone in my world informed me that there must be something wrong with me. Eventually, I started to believe them, and finally decided to keep my opinions to myself.
 
I tried. For three years, I consciously tried to keep my mouth shut. I tried to go along to get along. I failed. Long story short: I lost my husband. I no longer speak with my feminist mother and my liberal siblings.
Having continued to read voraciously about all things conservative, I was exposed to the role Christianity played in our country’s founding. After further research and soul searching, I eventually became a Christian. Learning to have faith in Christ enabled me to have faith in myself – and faith in my traditional and conservative views.
 
Eight years after my epiphany, and 33 years after moving to Los Angeles, I sold my home and business. I said good-bye to the few friends and family I still had, and left Los Angeles for good. I knew there had to be a place in the world where I could be myself without ticking everyone off.
 
After a lot of searching, I finally found it. Its called Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Here in this little fishing village, I have found peace and happiness. I can identify myself as a conservative without having to go stand in the corner. Here in South Carolina, I am normal. I am also the luckiest of women.
 
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Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina
  

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The October 2009 CCC Blog Carnival

Posted on 04 October 2009 by Editor

Welcome to the October 4, 2009 edition of the Carnival of Conservative Conversations.

As always, for our monthly Blog Carnival we select articles from a wide range of topics and expressing a broad range of opinions. This month is no exception. Below you will find opinions, short editorials, commentaries and full articles on such topics as the ongoing health care debate and how Singapore has dealt with their needs in this regard, the continued assertions by liberals that opposition to Obama’s policies is racially linked, illegal immigration, and other current topics.

In addition to posting to our monthly Blog Carnival, we encourage you to submit your articles directly to our editor for possible posting on our site well in advance of the next carnival. Please submit your articles, together with any specific attribution requirements and photograph by emailing our editor at editor@nakedliberty.com

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Chuck presents the following articles, posted at  posted at Straight Shooters.

Congress weighs landmark change in Web ad privacy

Another U.S. City Aiding Illegals

Tea Parties and Town Halls

Scott Spiegel presents the following articles,  posted at Scott Spiegel.

Pick a Reform, Any Reform

It Doesn’t Matter What This Column Says—You’ll Call It Racism Anyway

32 GOP Bills on the Wall

Everett presents the following articles,  posted at Honest Inquiry.

Is “end of life care” pro end of life?

Liberals are Elitists

Majority Whip Clyburn dismisses Constitution

smrtas1 presents the following articles, posted at Conservative Patriot HQ.

Another Lie Joe Wilson Missed in Obama’s Health Care Speech

Insurance Companies and The Profit Myth

Leah L Burton presents the following articles, posted at God’s Own Party.

Obama’s Speech? TOO Inspirational! Danger? Real Education versus ‘Edumucation’!

Ignorance Embarrasses America Once Again!

Wenchypoo presents:

Freedom is Not a Political System (L-O-N-G) posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

Dana presents:

On Obama’s “indoctrination” speech posted at Principled Discovery.

Olive Farmer presents:

Your Species Needs You……. posted at Olive Farmer, saying, “A rather large reality check?”

haavamaal presents:

ACORN BUSTED!! Good thing Obama was never associated with them. Oops! posted at The Texas Patriot.

Joe Garecht presents:

The Secrets of Being a Political Entrepreneur posted at Local Victory – Your Guide to Winning Elections, saying, “This is a motivational article we recently published calling on everyone who wants to get something done in politics to be a “political entrepreneur” — that is, to get up and get it done.”

Aiych presents:

What Will I Do For America? posted at Letters of Republic, saying, “Hold on to your panty hose booooyyyyyyysssss….. it’s a girl and I’m going to figure out how to share the wisdom of Natural Law (but must first understand it) and we have to turn this around……right…..no worries about the external…..lets just move ourselves individually to be better. That will work.”

Andrew Syrios presents:

Healthcare Reform: The Public Option or the Singapore Model | SwiftEconomics.com posted at SwiftEconomics.com, saying, “A better solution to healthcare that no one is talking about.”

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That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
carnival of conservative conversations
using our carnival submission form.
Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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