Another Bogus Anti-Conservative 'Study'
Yet another bogus "study" has come out attempting to paint conservatives as dumb, racist extremists and, of course, liberals all over Facebook and beyond have been rushing to tout it. When put to unbiased scrutiny, every one of these allegedly scientific studies has been discredited and I expect this one will eventually meet the same fate. But that won't stop liberals from buying into the myth of their own moral and intellectual superiority, nor in equating conservatism with prejudice when in fact it's the opposite (a belief in color-blindness, non-victimization, empowerment, and true equality). Indeed, one might wonder why no studies have been conducted on liberals' desperate and elitist need to keep claiming that they're smarter than everyone else.
Having been on both sides of the political fence, I can state unequivocally that my former liberal beliefs were based on ignorance, prejudice (bigotry towards conservatives is a staple of liberalism), and groupthink. Once I started questioning my own belief system and engaging in years of investigation and research--a process that continues to this day--I found that many conservative philosophies and policies made sense to me and in fact had already manifested themselves throughout my life.
This doesn't mean that I have to take the attitude that liberals do towards conservatives and condemn all liberals as evil and stupid--and certainly I consider myself a classical liberal and on some issues, a mixed bag--but I firmly believe that political prejudice, from whatever quarter, is based in ignorance. Instead of discounting one's political opponents offhand, Americans would be better served to learn a thing or two about their politics. If nothing else, know thy enemy.
posted by Cinnamon @ 10:53 AM