In this thread about Dennis Hopper being a loyal Republican who voted for Bush twice, I inadvertenly stirred up a hornet’s nest. Sorry about that. I put it in Cafe Society because it was about Dennis Hopper, but I probably should have realized it was going to generate a little heated debate.
So I’ll start a Great Debates thread asking whether people tend to become more conservative as the grow older. I thought Diogenes the Cynic made a good point when he said people from both ends of the spectrum gravitate toward the center. That could very well be true. I used to hang out with a largely liberal crowd when I was a young 'un, and my experience has been that people grow more conservative. I know I certainly have. But maybe I just did not know enough young conservatives back then. That’s not to say they weren’t around, that was in West Texas mind you, but I just didn’t hang out with any.
But these days it is my pleasure to count among my good friends both Democrats and Republicans. Liberals and conservatives alike. My good conservative friends I’ve not known as long as some of my liberal friends, but the sense I get is that the more radical changes have been experienced among the more liberal of my friends.
I freely admit that I’ve not conducted any scientific studies on the issue, I only have my personal experience and gut instinct to go on with this. In the other thread, I started getting the sense that some were feeling I might be some sort of idiotic satanist for feeling that people may grow more conservative as they age – I know I may have felt the same way when I was in my 20s and 30s, well into my 40s even maybe, if someone had suggested I would end up growing more conservative – but that has been my personal experience, so there you have it.
So let the debate begin. I only ask that we try to keep it civil, please.