I was a "Goldwater Republican" as a Cal student from '66 to '70. Life experience has led me to become a "progressive". I am fortunate in my income and career and am happy to pay my fair share of taxes (although I do not like so much going to our military/intelligence budgets).
When the Right Wing talks now I simply reverse what they say and thus find the truth. Right Wing politicians, to me, are a despicable group of liars and hypocrites.
I do share being a CAL fan with ALL of you on this board. Go Bears!!!
My inclinations as a student (Cal 61 to 66) were very similar and I share your perceptions. I started Cal as a Goldwater conservative and am now "progressive".