I thought it would be interesting to post a thread that cites some formative experiences that helped shape our views of what liberals or conservatives are like. I'm sure in our time, most of us have firsthand experiences with awful liberals or conservatives. I think these kinds of experiences are significant because they are not influenced by media or someone's interpretation. I have several specific direct experiences with conservatives. - After moving from an all black neighborhood in the Bronx to a very white suburb of New York City (which had been Republican throughout its existence), I was ostracized as a nine year old kid. When I asked the neighbor boy why he wouldn't be my friend, he said, "Because your family likes negroes." - As a 10 year old marching with a bunch of pacifists and students to an anti-war rally in New City, New York, I witnessed with my own eyes a group of right wing thugs beat up students while the sheriff's men stood around and watched. (It was a big enough scandal that the sheriff was defeated in the next election.) - I did yard work for the mayor of the town, a staunch (and very nice) Republican from a very well-known blue blood family. He regularly referred to the handful of blacks in my town as picaninnies and called me naive when I showed him in a high school text book that there was no scientific evidence that blacks were less intelligent than whites. Now, over the years I've also met some really decent conservatives, of course, but the experiences above were very formative for me. They showed me first hand the kind of intolerance that conservatism is capable of breeding. What are your personal experiences with the "opposition."