(NationalSentinel) Politics: For years those on the Left have claimed that they are the more tolerate of the political species, accusing conservatives of being closed-minded religious bigots who can’t see beyond anyone but those like them.
Turns out that liberals are exactly the same.
As reported by Politico Magazine, new research proves what conservatives have known all along - that those on the Left have no more tolerance for anyone who doesn’t share their views as anyone else.
The magazine noted further:
Research over the years has shown that in industrialized nations, social conservatives and religious fundamentalists possess psychological traits, such as the valuing of conformity and the desire for certainty, that tend to predispose people toward prejudice. Meanwhile, liberals and the nonreligious tend to be more open to new experiences, a trait associated with lower prejudice. So one might expect that, whatever each group’s own ideology, conservatives and Christians should be inherently more discriminatory on the whole.
But more recent psychological research, some of it presented in January at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), shows that it’s not so simple. These findings confirm that conservatives, liberals, the religious and the nonreligious are each prejudiced against those with opposing views. But surprisingly, each group is about equally prejudiced. While liberals might like to think of themselves as more open-minded, they are no more tolerant of people unlike them than their conservative counterparts are.
Political understanding might finally stand a chance if we could first put aside the argument over who has that bigger problem. The truth is that we all do.
This shouldn’t come as any surprise - and quite honestly, to conservatives, it doesn’t. We’ve been shouting from the rooftops for years that the “party of tolerance and understanding and acceptance’ - Democrats - are nothing like that, unless of course they’re talking about like-minded people.
Politico Magazine goes on to note that the first stage in healing the nation’s massive political divide is to recognize the problem. Fine. But how do you stop Left-wing academics, entertainers and politicians from trashing the current president in a way they would never tolerate for one of their own; making disgusting relationship references about President Donald J. Trump and daughter Ivanka; inciting young mobs of thugs to attack Republican speakers and their supporters?
The fact that Politico had to rely on “research” to see what has been so patently clear for decades is in and of itself problematic. For the “enlightened” Left to claim it is on the cutting edge of societal evolution, that’s pretty tone deaf.
In any event, this piece goes a long way towards reassuring the Left that, indeed, despite their own political intolerance, they are still the more compassionate, understanding and caring of the political species - which, of course, is also bunk.