When I was 13, I was conservative too, like this young ‘un.
All the white folks around me considered themselves conservative, and, ultimately, Goldwater swept the county.
Why? They were horribly afraid that the evil Democrats were going to end Our Way of Life: Jim Crow segregation. There was other reasons also, but that was the the main one. And, remember, this was in a part of the South where the outward trappings of segregation were nowhere near as brutal as they were in parts of the Deep South.
I grew up.
Perhaps he will too.
(Also posted at the Great Orange Satan.)