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A Jewish Democrat writes about her recent conversion to Conservatism

Original post made by Pleasanton Mom, Birdland, on Mar 1, 2010

Isn't it interesting how people change from Liberal to Conservative, but NEVER the other way around?

Disappointing Leon
Candice Paul

I am going to disappoint Leon Wieseltier. The famous liberal wrote this week, "A day does not go by when I do not do my humble part to prevent such a transformation [of American Jewry from liberals to conservatives] from coming to pass."

Well, Leon, you let one get by.

My transformation has occurred. It began with 9/11 and progressed along bumpily until the Obama, Pelosi, Reid express train came roaring down the track. Putting the final nail in the coffin, so to speak, is our current foreign policy that abandons Israel, leaving it alone amidst a sea of savages and enablers that daily howl for its very destruction. That was it. It was time to jump on to the conservative bandwagon full speed ahead.

For years I had been looking around and asking, "What the heck has happened to the Democratic Party that I grew up in?" My Democratic Party loved America, believed in the Constitution, free market values, and independent thought and actions. When did it turn into the Party of "group think" and intolerance, of programmed talking points and mean spirited, vitriolic spokespersons such as Wanda Sykes and Janeane Garofalo? These aren't the Democrats that I went to D.C. with to protest the Vietnam War. These aren't the Democrats that were more concerned with the content of your character than with the color of your skin. With my attendance at CPAC this last weekend I must contend that my transformation has fully crystallized.

Now, all of this transformation has not followed a smooth and flowing path. I must admit that I have had quite of bit of reflection and doubt along the way. How could I, a child of the sixties, a lifelong Democrat and a Jew be listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck?! I guess that part of the answer to that question could come from the fact that the current Democratic President of the United States came to his epiphany listening to Reverend Wright proclaiming not "God Bless America" but "Goddamn America", hanging out with unrepentant terrorists such as William Ayers and asserting that the Constitution was a "mistake."

It seems to me that if you do not believe in the Constitution you would be hard pressed to represent America as its Commander in Chief. Yes, I am not going to quibble and pick apart his comments regarding the Constitution and say that perhaps he believes in some parts of it and not in others. I don't believe that you get to choose which parts of the Constitution you support and which parts you do not. It is not a menu from a Chinese restaurant where you choose one from column A and one from column B.

Thus, I continue to read, explore and question. David Horowitz, Mark Levine, Jonah Goldberg Norman Podhoretz and Mark Steyn have become my new mentors and teachers. As I grasp to understand where I have come from and where I am going as well as where my country has come from and where it is going, I find myself a bit adrift reaching out to people and groups that once would have caused me to inwardly shiver. "Hmmm, maybe they are not really bigots, racists, selfish and self-serving"? All of the things that I heard spouted from "my side" about the evil Conservatives; the "other" does not hold water.

Thus, it felt good to be surrounded by thousands of people at CPAC that love this country, that believe that it and those that make up this country are exceptional. It felt good to be amongst those that believe that we, as a people and a country have done wonderful things for people that have been able to escape tyranny and control in countries ruled by truly self-serving tyrants.

We have and continue to provide a place for liberty seeking individuals who want nothing more than to give themselves and their families a chance to succeed by merely being "left alone," by being given the opportunity to be self-reliant. It felt good to be amongst those that understand that if you never allow someone to fail you also do not allow them the opportunity to understand that they have the power to pull themselves up from that failure, to start again and to succeed. This is the true genius of the American capitalist system. One is able to strive, fail and try again until they triumph.

Yes, it made me proud to be an American and gave me hope; true hope; not bumper sticker Hope.

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Posted by Wayne
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 1, 2010 at 9:03 am

Pleasanton Mon,

Did you know that every metropolitan area in Alameda County has more registered democrats than republicans?

Pleasanton is conservative by comparison, not in reality.

This is not going to change despite the regularly scheduled programing Pmom and friends want this board too to buy.

Oh yeah and she believes this because a conservative said it.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:18 am

dear candi are still a Jew...who cares if you're a conservative one?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

Jewish identity is more important that one's political ID. Even if a Jew becomes a Catholic, he/she is still a Jew. A Jew that denies being a Jew, now that's news.

How come it's important to you to point out that there's a conservative Jew someplace?

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Pleasanton mom, you are rambling...

If you easily changed from Democrat to a David Horowitz (and Glen Beck)fan as a result of 9-11 then you never were a Democrat to begin with. Just someone filled with anger.

But, to be fair, I almost fell into that trap during my forties until I realized that the conservatives and Republican leadership cared nothing more than to win at all costs, in spite of their claiming to be Americans.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Win at all costs----sounds like Nazi Pelosi's approach to her health care takeover. You've probably already realized that you can't pin this on Republicans or conservatives only. You fell in a trap, alright. We're all in the same pit.............

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Posted by Wait...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

Pelosi is a Nazi now?
You guys are too much, really.
P.S. I used to be a Reagan loving conservative. After a little life experience, now I'm what you would call a liberal. So much for Pleasanton Mom's capital "NEVER"...

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Steve P is a good example of inarticulate people using names to belittle others.

If Pelosi is a Nazi, then what the blazing heck is Dick Cheney?? A commie?

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Posted by Character Of Community?
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

"Holly" smokes, REALLY?

A Pleasanton Mom writes about A JEWISH DEMOCRATS recent conversion to Conservatism!!! LOL

Ya think? DRINK the P-Town Tea Party Cool AIDE!

Geez, P-Town is going to transform CALIFORNIA into a TOTALLY Conservative State?

Drink MORE UN "Cool" Aide! This IS California, I suggest YOU move to UTAH!

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Posted by Pleasanton Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 2, 2010 at 2:13 pm


Instead of attacking your fellow Americans for recognizing the "Nazi-ish" behavior of Nancy Pelosi, why don't you attack the real problem - Nancy Pelosi?

It seems like the pattern is that we Conservatives are recognizing that Progressives (Marxists) have hijacked the Democrat Party for the purpose of destroying the very economic system that has created the highests standard of living on the planet --- and the Liberals are attacking the conservatives! How could this be? Will your children somehow not be affected by the loss of Freedom (if the Marxists succeed) the Freedom is that is their birthright, the Freedom that you should be defending and protecting?

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Posted by Wait...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm

There are people with opposing opinions that can debate reasonably and rationally, and then there are people who spout the ridiculous nonsense posted above, which does not invite discussion, but only serves as an outlet for whatever rage the poster is trying to work out.
Don't worry about our kids - we definitely have their best interests, and their freedom, foremost in our mind in making our decision to support the current administration.
It is a shame that you are so utterly dogmatic. You are conservative, and anyone who does not agree with you is a Marxist or a Nazi. Forgive me for being underwhelmed by the depth of your analysis.

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