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Doomacrats vs Republigrins October 24, 2008

Posted by thestellaranomaly in Democrat, Republican, Weekly Pick Up.

Lets face it folks; it’s a pretty depressing time to be a conservative/republican/right-winger.  It’s pretty obvious that John McCain is going to lose and Barack Obama and the Democrats will have almost complete control over the Executive and Legislative branches.  Socialism will be established throughout the land and capitalism and prosperity will disappear. In four years we won’t be known as the United States of America, but the Democratic People’s Republic of America.

But there is a ray of hope.  According to this wonderful article published today in the Washington Post, conservatives have much to celebrate.  This may not be a shock to many of us, but conservatives are generally happier than our liberal counterparts:

Now the good news for Republicans: You are happier than Democrats. You always have been, and you probably always will be. Never mind that your presidential candidate is sinking in the polls while your president plumbs historic depths of popular scorn and your free market squeals for intervention while your investments evaporate on Wall Street. You are not just happier than the other guys, but more of you are very happy indeed, according to new survey results published yesterday by the Pew Research Center.

The pollsters were in the field asking about happiness this month, a period when economic news was gloomy for everybody and presidential campaign news seemed especially baleful for Republicans. Yet they found 37 percent of Republicans are “very happy,” compared with 25 percent of Democrats; 51 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats are “pretty happy”; and 9 percent of Republicans are “not too happy,” compared with 20 percent of Democrats.

Our worldview is generally rosier than those on the left. It says a lot about our values and why they’re superior than liberal values.

“They have more money,” Paul Taylor, director of the Pew Social & Demographic Trends project, writes in the new report. “They have more friends. They are more religious. They are healthier. They are more likely to be married. They like their communities better. They like their jobs more. They are more satisfied with their family life. They like the weather better.”

We are indeed happier because we work hard for everything that we own. We’re not just sitting around waiting for some benevolent savior from the government to give us what we want or need to be personally fulfilled. We understand that the government should play a limited role in our lives for us to have as much individual freedom as possible. This is a stark contrast to the lefties who seem to think that the state is the be all and end all of prosperity.

They seem to be two species, with differently encoded DNA. The unequal balance-of-joy conjures hoary stereotypes: The jolly conservative, self-satisfied in his success, a doer not a doubter. The angst-ridden liberal, guilty in his success, a searcher not a finder.

“The question is not whether Republicans are happier than Democrats, or conservatives are happier than liberals,” says Arthur Brooks, the incoming president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of “Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America — and How We Can Get More of It.” “That’s unambiguously true. The question is, why?”

Brooks says a lot hinges on the answer to this question: Do you believe that hard work and perseverance can overcome disadvantages? Conservatives are more likely to say yes.

Pew found that Democrats are more likely to say that success in life is mostly determined by outside forces. Republicans lean toward thinking that success is determined by one’s own efforts.

The hypothesis: Those who think they can control their destinies are happier.

So hang in there my fellow right-wingers, we’ll make it through the next four years. Heck, you could always move to Switzerland or New Zealand for a while until America starts heading down the right path.



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