Why I Became a Conservative

Excerpt: The party, as the kids say today, "was on and poppin'." My friend, Leon Betchett, a second-year law student, and I were so pumped-up and excited. We could feel the pulse of the music from the speakers as we walked up the stairs to the house party; my first party before graduate classes would soon begin. Sensing the caldron we were about to enter, my wise friend gave me a gentle warning that I would soon foolishly ignore to my own detriment – "Ellis, please don't talk about politics!"

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