Why is it that later in life people become conservative? Many times in life people are liberal during their youth and then as they age they become more and more conservative.
It has been said that any man under age 30 years old and is not liberal has no heart. It has also been said that any man over 30 that is not conservative has no brains. This indicates that liberals are younger people and idealistic while conservatives are older and more pragmatic.
At a certain age, do people take an Intro to Politics course which teaches to learn to the right and become more conservative? Absolutely not, that is ridiculous.
This is not only in the United States. In Britain, age is a key factor in who someone votes for as well. Older people continue to vote for the Conservatives. Younger people are supporters of Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.
Many Conservatives are concerned that their base is thinning and over time the party will eventually disappear. This should not be a concern. If history repeats itself, then as people get older, they will become more conservative. Is this because of social ageing? Perhaps, but most likely it is another issue causing it. As people get older, they become more set in their ways. They want the status quo to continue. The party that defends the status quo is the right.
For instance, let’s take gay marriage. A high percentage of younger people are backers of gay marriage. They do not have a lifetime of setting themselves in their ways as opposing gay marriages. It is easy for someone who is older to say that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s how it always has been and that’s how it will be. The opposing stance of a young liberal is very different. The young liberals have lived totally different lives. They are used to gay people being a normal part of their lives. Gay people play a more prominent role now. They are in TV shows now. They are allowed to get married. They are more open to showing affection in public. The liberals do not see any reasons why two people of the same sex cannot be married.
It’s a slow, gradual process for people to become more conservative. It is different for every person. There are young conservatives and old liberals. The situations people are in shape their beliefs and values, which in turn dictates their political party.