I know there has been quite a lot of threads about politics lately, however, this one is different. I think it would be interesting to see how your views have changed over the years and why they changed.
I use to believe in some crazy shit when I was younger. At 14 I was a communist and thought people's guns should be taken by force, the second amendment no longer served any purpose. I was extremely anti-religious as well. I did a complete 180 and became a hardcore conservative until like 17ish. The only reason I wasn't far right was that they hate people like me and I'm not self-loathing. I was also a religious nut at this time. The sad/embarrassing thing was that I was only a conservative because everyone else was a liberal, essentially I wanted to be edgy and not actually figure out the truth. I don't remember thinking critically about issues, rather I thought about them only as a "conservative." Ever since then I've come around to the much more boring position of being right of center and no longer being a religious nut either, but also not be some hardcore atheist that has no respect for freedom of religion. To end I'll paraphrase Thomas Sowell, the problem isn't that Johnny can't read, the problem is that Johnny can't think. I definitely was Johnny for a while.