By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh via Canada Free Press
Chris Mooney wrote an article for the Washington Post on “why Republicans and Democrats don’t just vote differently – their brains work differently too.” He is the author of “The Republican Brain: The Science of Why they Deny Science – and Reality.”
Mooney, who has an English degree from Yale, wrote two other books, “Republican War on Science” and “Unscientific American.”
According to Mooney, political differences are no longer just about divergent philosophies, wealth, or lobbying, but about “political psychology.” “Political psychology” is psychobabble for pseudo-science. We know how many times throughout history real science has been wrong.
“Political psychology” is the ultimate euphemistic leftist talking points interpretation of why liberals and conservatives “hold wildly incompatible views on issues ranging from global warming to whether the president was born in the U.S. to whether his stimulus package created any jobs.”
As a conservative economist, I can address with most certainty that the President’s stimulus did not create any jobs, shovel-ready, green or otherwise, did not save jobs, and wasted billions and billions of taxpayer dollars while doubling our national debt in less than four years.
Mooney brands conservatives as “intellectually contorted and inconsistent” because they oppose Obamacare on the grounds that it was passed by a Democrat when Mitt Romney, a Republican, passed a similar law in Massachusetts.
I can speak for many friends who are logical conservatives. They oppose Obamacare not because it was passed by a Democrat in the middle of the night by twisting arms, through bribery and chicanery. They oppose it because it robs Americans of having control over their own bodies and their excellent health care. They oppose it because it is an unprecedented wealth and power shift of monumental proportion to the executive branch of the government. Conservatives oppose it because it is unconstitutional, we cannot afford it, it is bankrupting our country like most of his policies, it will destroy our current health care system and replace it with a sub-standard one, and last, but not least, Obamacare includes a 15-member death panel composed of non-medical personnel.
The unfortunately named The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009 subsidizes care for all union members, union retirees and community organizations such as ACORN (p. 65, section 164)
Obamcare will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally. (p. 50, section 152)
The government will have real-time access to an individual’s bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts. (pp. 58-59)
This bill does not apply to members of Congress who have well-funded private plans and are exempt from the Social Security system.
The government specifies which doctors can write an end-of-life order. (p. 429, lines 13-25)
The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Social Security recipients will be required to attend an “end-of-life planning” seminar every five years. (p. 425, line 4-12)
I got Orwellian shivers when the author said, “There is now a large body of evidence showing that those who opt for the political left and those who opt for the political right tend to process information in divergent ways and to differ on any number of psychological traits.”
What non-sensical psychological surveys decided this outrageous piece of information? Freud studied five subjects when he made his monumental pronouncements on human behavior that had become the codex of liberals. Are we supposed to process information identically and think, act, and exhibit identical psychological traits? In addition, who would dictate the correct psychological traits that we must follow?
Liberals score higher on “openness to experience,” one of the “Big Five” personality traits, said Mooney. Conservatives are “less open, less exploratory, less in need of change.” Conservatives are “more conscientious, a trait that indicates they appreciate order and structure in their lives” but are “resistant to change.” How is that openness to laser-focused destructive change working out for liberals with 25 percent unemployment rate among young college graduates?
The religious right is so irrational, he says, that 43 percent of tea party people polled do not believe “that humans are the product of evolution.” Since when are polls and surveys scientific? Conservatives are called derisively the”religious right and the tea party people,” all rolled into one. He admits liberals have their irrationality but it is more rational, based on recent science such as vaccines causing autism. On the other hand, conservative irrational beliefs are over 100 years old such as the non-belief in evolution.
Mooney talks about the conservative divide over reality and the “need for cognitive closure.” Conservatives have a greater need for closure and are thus closed-minded while liberals are known for their openness.
A University of Maryland psychologist developed a scale to measure the need for closure. This study is based on non-scientific opinion survey statements such as, “I dislike questions which could be answered in many different ways,” and “In most social conflicts, I can easily see which side is right and which is wrong.”
I hate to burst this journalistic scientists’ bubble but most humans have a need for closure, regardless of political ideology. I do not consider a five-point scale opinion survey a scientific method that would show with measurable and visual accuracy how brains function differently in conservatives vs. liberals.
He continued, “Anti-evolutionists have been found to score higher on the need for closure.” Does the author label conservatives anti-evolutionists? My question is, are anti-evolutionists necessarily all conservatives?
“In the global warming debate, tea party followers not only strongly deny the science but also tend to say that they ‘do not need any more information’ about the issue.” Could that be because global warming is not a debate, it has been settled by liberals and only their opinions count? Could it be because a lot of the science has been doctored, hidden, altered, and misrepresented by environmentalist liberal agenders and we are tired of hearing about the glaring lies? Must liberals pick on tea party followers who tend to be conservative, are fiscally responsible, supporting the rest of the legal and illegal population, and are Taxed Enough Already?
According to the author, liberals do not have a monopoly on truth, however, “when they’re wrong, they are wrong differently.” Does that mean, if you are wrong and a liberal, you get a prize anyway because you participated in a competition and your self-esteem would be devastated without it?
I am still scratching my head trying to put order to this blatant propaganda attack on conservatism, tea party, religious beliefs, and intellectual ability of Americans who disagree with liberals.
Mooney concludes his piece with “Did the founders intend this to be a Christian nation?”
Yes, our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and the attempt by liberals to revise history does not change this fundamental truth, no matter how they spin it.
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