By Bryan Fischer
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I saw a headline on Drudge yesterday, linking to an article that claimed to prove that conservatism is connected to "low brain power." At first I ignored the link, figuring it was just another leftist slam on conservatives as Cro-Magnons.
But then I decided to read it for myself, and discovered that the thrust of the article, if you read it carefully, is that the more honest people are about what they really believe, the more conservative they are.
One experiment confirmed the ancient proverb, "in vino veritas," "in wine there is truth." When people's inhibitions are lowered, the truth about what is in their hearts and minds comes out. And so researchers found that the more "wine" somebody had in him, the more likely he was to admit that, despite all politically correct pressure to the contrary, he really was a conservative.
For instance, the more booze folks had, the more likely they were to agree, for instance, with the truth that “production and trade should be free of government interference.”
These researchers argue that by nature people are conservatives. They have to be brainwashed in order to believe the swill that liberals dish out. Conservatism is our default view of life, because it is natural, normal and rational.
And the great news is that, according to Gallup, there are twice as many conservatives in America as liberals, 40% to 21%. The media wants us to think we are a tiny fringe, but we represent the single biggest bloc in the American demographic. Hold your heads up, conservatives, no matter what the Ministers of Propaganda at the Associated Press say, we've got 'em outnumbered.
The researchers who worked on this project defined "conservatism" as “an emphasis on personal responsibility, acceptance of hierarchy, and a preference for the status quo," which is useful as far as it goes, although I don't know a single, solitary conservative who has "a preference for the status quo" under Barack Obama.
When people are under pressure, the researchers found, they tend to blurt out the truth that they are in fact conservatives. Under pressure or time constraints, "thought processes become quick and efficient" and out pop conservative ideas.
In other words, efficient thinking equals conservative thinking.
Conservatism is simple and instinctive. There is a God. Marriage is one man and one woman. Adultery is wrong. Pornography is bad. Murder is wrong. Lying is wrong. Stealing is wrong. Government’s role is to punish those who infringe on people’s right to life, liberty and property. Parents should direct the upbringing of their children. Etc., etc.
“When effortful, deliberate responding is disrupted or disengaged, thought processes become quick and efficient,” the researchers write in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. “These conditions promote conservative ideology.”
All this means, when you break it down, is that liberalism is so foreign to rational, clear headed, instinctive thought that you have to make a deliberate effort to convince yourself that it's true.
The researchers are quick to add, “We do not assert that conservatives fail to engage in effortful, deliberate thought. We find that when effortful thought is disengaged, the first step people take tends to be in a conservative direction.”
This is just another way of saying that liberalism is such a contrived view of the world it takes great effort to persuade your own self that there is some merit in it.
One experiment revealed that the heavier the "cognitive load," the more likely subjects were to express conservative views. The takeaway from this is that conservatives are able to handle more information at the same time than liberals because they don't have to consume bandwidth trying to sustain an obviously false worldview. It is liberalism, not conservatism, that reduces brain power.
Interestingly, the researchers said, "Largely, our sample consisted of political centrists." This is just another way of saying that so-called "moderates" are really conservatives; they just haven't had the fortitude or honesty to admit it.
Says the author of the article, "What does seem clear is that our first impulse tends to be to stick with the tried and true, and this attitude aligns better with conservative ideas than liberal ones."
Ah, so even the writer confesses that conservative views are "tried" - that is, they have stood the test of time and circumstance - and "true" - they are right, they are correct, they line up with reality.
The researcher says, about his study, “The bad news for conservatives is that someone who has a knee-jerk conservative reaction may change their mind about an issue after giving it more thought.”
Setting aside his politically-indoctrinated use of "their" for "his" (he apparently has been brainwashed by liberals to believe there is something criminally sexist about the use of the generic pronoun), this is just another way of explaining why liberals are so desperate to control the government-run education system: students must be brainwashed to believe liberal ideas because they go against nature, truth and experience.
As Eidelman puts it: “It might take a little extra effort to convince yourself (to support a liberal position), and a little extra work to convince others.”
This is not to say that liberals are stupid. They most certainly are not. But they are fools, using the intelligence they possess to convince themselves of things that are manifestly false.
So our appeal to liberals is pretty straightforward: hey, take a deep breath, relax, and don't fight the force and power and truth of conservative ideas. You're a conservative deep down inside, and it's time to admit it. Come on in, the water's fine.
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