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Where Conservatives Come From

My favorite St.Louis columnist, Kevin Horrigan, has another excellent column. This time he tries to explain all those damn conservatives.

Mr. Horrigan writes –

This is the fourth in an occasional series of essays that attempts to answer the scientific question: “What’s up with all the conservatives around here?” The first one suggested historical reasons for Missouri being a hotbed of right-wing activism: Tea Partiers, conspiracists, militias, birthers, global-warming deniers, Ed Martin voters, etc. It’s because activists tend to sprout in places where lots of transplanted southern and rural white folks come face-to-face with a modern urban environment. The second one suggested that it’s really not conservatives’ fault that they’re the way the are. Some people just don’t have a certain chemical receptor in their brains, so they can’t absorb oxytocin, a brain chemical important for empathy. The third one quoted an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics whose theory is that liberals and atheists are farther along the evolutionary scale than conservatives and religious believers. I stress that all of these merely are theories. I just pass them along in the interest of enlightened public discourse. But every time I write one of these, I get a lot of angry mail from conservatives. But conservatives will like this fourth theory of explaining why they are the way they are, even though it’s based on evolutionary theory, a concept in which many conservatives don’t believe. Jacob M. Vigil of the University of New Mexico reports that Republican sympathizers in a 2008 study group reported having more “good friends” in their social circles (an average of 12.91) than Democratic sympathizers (9.46). This can be explained by the fact that conservatives are oriented toward dominant behavior, he says, so they’re not afraid of having a lot of friends and associates.

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Tea Party Twists Scripture To Their View

My favorite columnist, Kevin Horrigan of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch,  hit the nail on the head again. The column this week concerns how the Tea Partiers are bastardizing the scripture that they claim to follow.

The entire column can be read HERE.

Becky Benson, 56, traveled [to the Glenn Beck rally] from Orlando, Florida, because, she said, “we believe in Jesus Christ,” and Jesus, she said, would not have agreed with the economic stimulus package, bank bailouts and welfare. “You cannot sit and expect someone to hand out to you,” she said. “You don’t spend your way out of debt.”
— The New York Times, Aug. 28
And when it was evening, His disciples came to him, saying, “This is a desert place and the time is now past. Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves victuals.” But Jesus said unto them, “They need not depart. Give ye them to eat.” And they said unto him, “We have here but five loaves and two fishes.” And he said, “Bring them hither to me.” And lo, he himself ate up both the fish and three of the five loaves, having worked up a powerful hunger. And for the remaining two loaves, he ordered them auctioned on eBay, saying unto his disciples, “You cannot sit and expect someone to hand out to you. Hunger can be a positive motivator.” And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus replied, “You make a good buck as a royal official. Have you not health insurance?” And the man replied, “Lord, I could not afford the co-pays and deductibles.” Jesus replied, “The insurance companies have a right to a fair return. Take thy son to the emergency room.”  Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished. Jesus laughed. “I’m just messing with you.”

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