I hear that we're also on the verge of a breakthrough regarding political moderates and "independents". It's long been assumed that moderate views are varied and thus difficult to characterize, but this has gone largely untested - seems no one really gives a damn about the moderate/independent worldview. Drab and uninteresting, the topic was quickly given priority status for stimulus dollars. A research team was identified one pull of the "short straw" later.
Initial findings suggest that the enormous range of moderate/independent beliefs result from a single factor - low iq. Unable to grasp simple concepts, most moderates forego politics altogether. The smarter ones (a very small subset) may form a rudimentary understanding of a topic and thus become single issue voters. The awe that stems from understanding a simple concept compels some to expand that concept into a rudimentary, naive worldview. Unable to grasp the inherent complexities of the world, these people become libertarians, or join political parties named after their favorite color.
Although stupid and unable to debate the important topics of the day, the moderate/independent nonetheless enjoys participating in online discussions where they bounce from thread to thread "enlightening" the masses with the same, droll observation that yes, "BOTH parties do it." While those on the other side of the bell curve roll their eyes, the moderate/independent relishes in having made the exact same point for the 1000th time. Never quite convinced that the others are as impressed as he by the fiercely independent caracature invented to hide his flaws, he smiles to himself thinking, "if only they could see my tattoos!"
Last edited by Taylor; 10-29-10 at 12:55 AM.
Its nice to see someone trolling the independents for a change. We were beginning to feel left out.
Actually we DO know something about liberals and conservatives. Hacks from both sides are unable to reason when confronted with facts that oppose their position. Literally, the part of the brain that is most associated with reasoning, turns "off", and their decision-making and conflict resolution ceases to be objective.
Here is the study: Democrats and Republicans Both Adept at Ignoring Facts, Study Finds | LiveScience
I'm sure you can identify folks from both sides of the aisle who might suffer from this affliction.
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
I would say once any human being's emotions have been triggered, that their ability to be objective and to critically assess facts is greatly impaired, regardless of where they are on the political spectrum.
As far as the genetics, I imagine that there are genes that influence conservatism as well.
2) one can make the very credible argument that the dems pretend to care for the poor but their policies are actually designed to keep people dependent and in poverty and thus pawns of the dem party. SO your idiotic claim that the dems favor the poor ignores the fact that dem policies hurt those who might be poor but have a desire and a drive to escape poverty