Back in 2000 I announced to some former coworkers that my wife and I and our two toddlers were planning to buy a house up in Oceanside. The La Jolla chemistry lab where I had worked was mainly staffed by foreign students and postdocs, but the US students and post docs who were there were mostly the products of elite American universities. One of them looked at me and in all earnestness said: "You know they fly flags up there don't you?"
Now this was all pre-9/11, but it did typify the mentality at elite universities--even among hard science students who people think are apolitical.
The old Boston liberals thought that busing minorities and mixing up the melting pot would change things in America. They were right in the sense that it works if done voluntarily. I don't know if it was 9/11 or moving to O'Side and living amongst the marines that pulled me further to the right. Whatever it was, I have no regrets.