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by Brendan @, The Chemical and Oil Refinery State, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 13:08 @ MattG

I was pretty conservative myself back then; I grew up with my father listening religiously to Rush and Bob Grant in the car. I was ahead of the game because, as everyone knows, anyone who isn't a conservative by 30 has no brain, and I was *way* younger than 30. Ha! Idiots!

I mean it's not that shocking that a Midwest Catholic university - and one that for better or worse has clung unabashedly to its Catholicism unlike, say, Georgetown (my father just posthumously shuddered) - has served as a safe haven for conservative and even ultra-conservative thought. The "traditional" Church is sort of a natural fit for ultra-conservative thought, after all. The original Church is something of a better fit for liberal/progressive social theory, of course, but that's an uphill climb against traditionalism.

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