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Psychology 101: The Right – Wing Republican Problem

June 25th, 2012 by Michael Tabor

What is the underlying difference between conservatives and liberals? The truth of the matter is your average republican has a substantially stronger aversion to ambiguity than democrats do. Nobody likes irresolution and uncertainty but a plethora of controlled studies (I will cite the specific studies if necessary but for our purposes…just google psychology of political affiliation, etc.) have overwhelmingly shown that liberal-minded democrats have a much greater degree of tolerance for contradictory interpretations of complex issues than republicans do – period.
One need only listen to AM radio or watch FOX News to see how easily Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Bill O’Reilly can resolve the most tortuously labyrinthine political problems with such utterly facile, black and white, crude, and non-subtle sweeping generalizations. These conservative media are laughable and I find it hard to believe that any informed citizen can take these folks seriously.
It certainly would be nice if there were such pat solutions for such vexing issues as healthcare, gun control, the economy, foreign affairs, abortion, immigration, role of government etc.  but there simply isn’t. Every important issue is prodigiously difficult and complex and no matter what legislation for any given predicament is presented, the bottom line is a whole lot of people are going to get hurt (usually around 50%).
What I would suggest everyone do is conduct a little semi-controlled study yourself and do what I did – just think of all of your friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and even family members and ask yourself: who has a greater tolerance in dealing with huge, messy complicated problems, your liberal friends or conservative ones ? Don’t you think your republican co-workers are quicker to voice their unwavering opinions and thoughts on any given issue? Finally, ask yourself, why do they always have to SHOUT and YELL?
So what do you think ? WhaDaYaThink ? Oh – about the shouting thing – @ lunchtime starting at 12pm EST, today or tomorrow go and listen to Leonard Lopate on NPR for a little while and then switch the dial and tune into Hannity, Limbaugh or O’Reilly and let me know your thoughts.

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9 Responses to “Psychology 101: The Right – Wing Republican Problem”

  1. Rick Says:

    Mike, first of all speak english for us who are dictionary impaired. Libs like to use above oridinary words to make other people appear their smart.Your point is directly from a liberal point of view. You might think the republicans are short minded but I say their sure minded. The conservatives are standing ground because President Obama and the Left side of congress are pushing through regulations to affect business negatively, new health laws that the country didn’t want, and now avoiding our own immigration laws. Similar to a snake in the grass, it will bite you when you try to befriend it. The conservatives are pissed off and had enough. The quite liberals slither their deceiving talking points to a robitic poor entitlement society and the country is presto Europe in collapse. Heres the truth Mike, everything is black and white, right and wrong, and the truth or a lie.The libs are power hungry, they want to rule not serve, they want America to fundamentally change into an entitlement over taxed federally ruled nation. The repubicans want less regulations, more human rights by giving a child a chance to live, minorities to live the american dream not living on food stamps, businesses to thrive and hire, and government to stay out of the way.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    Rick come on – you know me, I’m not trying to impress anyone w/ “big” words. The last thing in the world I want to be is pretentious. I’m way beyond trying to impress people, I just want the truth and then afterwards express the truth as clearly and precisely as possible. I’m also a lover of words; no two words in the English language are EXACTLY the same, and sometimes the best word is sesquipedalian – lol. (I never, ever use that long clunky word, but sometimes it’s fitting. Look it up, SESQUIPIDALIAN – you’ll get a kick out of it). I will admit that there are a lot of people who try to impress others with their vocabulary (usually younger folks in their 20’s and early 30’s) but everyone can see right through it. So @ our age it really comes down to making a decision 1. Should I use the SAT word which is more precise or 2. use a less exact word or phrase but is more accessible. TO THE POINT (I know I’m long-winded) Rick I can’t disagree with you more in terms of everything being black and white, right and wrong, truth or a lie, etc. Example – would you steal to feed your starving children, if you were harboring Jews in 1943 and a Nazi knocked on your door, what would you say ? You’ve unwittingly proven the thrust of the very blog I had just written. Also, if you really think about what I’ve written, it could be construed as perhaps being a compliment, especially if you’re republican. Do you want a candidate who has conviction and is 100% certain in his or her beliefs or someone who is somewhat tentative and a little unsure of himself. Thanks Rick – we’re on different sides but I always love your comments.

  3. Rick Says:

    PS- Im sick of paying for NPR

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    I believe the government stopped funding NPR & it all comes from donations now…I have to check on that though, I’m not sure

  5. Rick Says:

    You impressed me. Did you even understand what i wrote? I was on the stupid smartphone again.

  6. Rick Says:

    Example – would you steal to feed your starving children (no, i would find food ), if you were harboring Jews in 1943 and a Nazi knocked on your door, what would you say ( I wouldn’t be a nazi) ? You’ve unwittingly proven the thrust of the very blog I had just written. Also, if you really think about what I’ve written, it could be construed as perhaps being a compliment, especially if you’re republican. Do you want a candidate who has conviction and is 100% certain in his or her beliefs or someone who is somewhat tentative and a little unsure of himself (100% conviction). Thanks Rick – we’re on different sides but I always love your comments.

    Please Nobama. i can’t take it for 4 more years, and the country can’t. We need a Reagan. I hope Romneys it.

  7. Michael Tabor Says:

    No, I understand – a lot of people are hurting, so I understand why even a democrat might vote for Romney. Oh, no u didn’t get the Nazi scenario, let me make it clearer: what if you were a Danish citizen in Denmark and you were harboring and protecting Jews (which did happen , of course), what would you do if a nazi asked you if you were in fact hiding Jews in your basement ?

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