Monday, February 14, 2011

The Central Force Driving So Much of American Politics These Days Is ...

... frightened white people.

4 comments:

Ciss B said...

Sadly, I think you are right.

JCF said...

I tell ya, biological evidence is coming that contemporary political conservatism results from a pathologically-sensitive FEAR-response.

[And you can BET there will be a genetic "cure" implemented for in utero-diagnosed homosexuality, before there's EVER treatment proposed for conservatism!]

Oy vey: the inmates running the asylum...

Peter Schweitzer said...

Fear is a big part of it. But so is something else. Seems to me that for a surprising number of people, the statement undergirding their values is a simple one: "I don't want to pay for anything that benefits anybody other than me."

JCF said...

Well, there's simple irrationality: "I want to Get Everything, and Pay Nothing"

[But mainly, the FEAR that "I Pay Everything, and Get Nothing---so that (unworthy, unAmerican...unwhite) YOU can Get Everything, while Paying Nothing!"]