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Study of Bush's Psyche Touches a Nerve (August 13, 2003)
Guardian ^ | August 13, 2003 | Julian Borger

Posted on 09/09/2007 1:22:49 PM PDT by Lorianne

A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity".

As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction.

All of them "preached a return to an idealised past and condoned inequality".

Republicans are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public funds for their research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: 2stupid4words; abadjoke; conservatism; joke; nih; nsf; psychobabble; psychology; taxes

1 posted on 09/09/2007 1:22:51 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

August 13, 2003? Have you been in a coma?


2 posted on 09/09/2007 1:24:28 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Lorianne
That was four years ago. To liberals, we're even more psychologically certifiable now. Some things never change.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 09/09/2007 1:24:34 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lorianne
"demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report"

Not to worry -- they'll be back next year reporting on how belief in God is a mental illness and three years after that with a report condemning the psychoses of monogamy.

4 posted on 09/09/2007 1:26:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Lorianne

The Berkeley Study uses the same flawed methodology and politically motivated interpretation as McGill U professor Robert Altemeyer, as well as that of his Frankfurt School progenitors, Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer.


5 posted on 09/09/2007 1:29:10 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: Lorianne

This should be in Breaking News!


6 posted on 09/09/2007 1:29:19 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Lorianne
2003: not exactly fresh news?

The best line is the last:

George Will, a Washington Post columnist who has long suffered from ingrained conservatism, noted, tartly: "The professors have ideas; the rest of us have emanations of our psychological needs and neuroses."

7 posted on 09/09/2007 1:30:35 PM PDT by x
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To: neodad

If more breaking news, Jimmy Hoffa is missing and John Lennon was shot.


8 posted on 09/09/2007 1:30:38 PM PDT by SIDENET (Inventor of the 12-hour "power nap".)
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To: Lorianne

MORE interesting would be to study why liberals and all varieties of ignorant utopian socialists “preach a great leap forward to an idealized utopian future and an obsession with a leveling equality imposed by the jackboots of government thugs”

Now that is a study I would be willing to pay for!


9 posted on 09/09/2007 1:32:24 PM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: SIDENET

10 posted on 09/09/2007 1:32:28 PM PDT by mwyounce
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To: Lorianne

Not very timely Lorianne, but to me a welcome reminder. The mindset of the elite left.


11 posted on 09/09/2007 1:33:04 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: Lorianne

The last refuge of a blowhard marxist, comparing Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh to Hitler and Mussolini. I’m sure Stalin, Lenin and Mao weren’t afflicted with this dreaded disease.

Reagan and Limbaugh, no mass genocide. Stalin, Lenin, Mao... well, yes but they weren’t afflicted.

Could it be that just by chance they were, but socialism/marxism has never been given a decent chance?

LMAO, these jackasses are so transparent.


12 posted on 09/09/2007 1:34:10 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: Lorianne
Hmmm, I believe since that day that German socialist proclaimed George Bush to be Hitler like this has become the pattern and method of operation that has forced some so called conservatives to accept segments of liberalism so as to not look Hitler like.

George Bush and his brand of conservatism needing to be illustrated with that Biblical term compassion, meaning we Americans with the Blessings should in turn share via what ever means necessary with the illegals of this world who see fit the transgress our laws to set up shop here amongst us for economic relief. And even dear old Rush who the other day ask the supposed begin question what is wrong with being ‘gay’ regarding the liberal need to mock the morals voters once again over a toe tapping incident at a airport.

Now both of these people have apparently gone literally not just figuratively blind and deaf to attempt to give and excuse what they have NO authority to excuse.

13 posted on 09/09/2007 1:34:13 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Lorianne
Summary:

If you are not a liberal, there must be something seriously wrong with you.

That's their template.

14 posted on 09/09/2007 1:37:00 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: Lorianne

“You do not like communism? Impossible! Everyone LOVES communism. Clearly you are psycopathic and delusional. We must put you in the gulag for your own good.”

If everyone will just look and listen to what the left is doing, it will become clear that they are nothing more than Stalinist Communists.


15 posted on 09/09/2007 1:37:01 PM PDT by Killborn (BASH BUSH!! All the COOL kids are doing it!!!! Perfect for people with no logic or reason!)
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To: mwyounce

16 posted on 09/09/2007 1:39:38 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: Lorianne

May be an old article, but it`s still disturbing that these “doctors” have concluded that being against affirmative action (giving someone an advantage based on skin color), being against abortion on demand, believing in traditional marriage, etc., are mental diseases.


17 posted on 09/09/2007 1:41:47 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: VR-21

Thank you. They are still touting the silly “study” as proof positive of their righteousness.


18 posted on 09/09/2007 1:46:55 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Just mythoughts

“Hmmm, I believe since that day that German socialist proclaimed George Bush to be Hitler”

I remember that day. It made headlines around the world, and ever since then, the left has been comparing Bush and Republicans to Hitler and the Nazi`s.


19 posted on 09/09/2007 1:47:16 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Lorianne
Sadly, these academic snotlings are more than likely still babbling this muck four years after publishing it.

Check out Will's reply back in '03

The four professors now contribute "theories of epistemic and existential needs, and sociopolitical theories of ideology as individual and collective rationalizations" and "defensive motivations" -- defenses against fear of uncertainty and resentment of equality. The professors have ideas; the rest of us have emanations of our psychological needs and neuroses.

But it is difficult to take the professors' seriousness seriously when they say, in an essay responding to a critique of their paper, that Ronald Reagan's "chief accomplishment, in effect, was to roll back both the New Deal and the 1960s." His "accomplishment"? So that is why Social Security and Medicare disappeared.

Until the professors give examples of political people who do not favor or condone equality in any form, it is fair to conclude that, for all their pretensions to scientific rigor, they are remarkably imprecise. And they are very political people, who would be unlikely ever to begin a sentence: "One is justified in referring to Stalin, Mao, Franklin Roosevelt and the editors of the New York Times as left-wing liberals because . . . . "

Will's 2003 Rejoinder

20 posted on 09/09/2007 1:49:52 PM PDT by henbane
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To: Lorianne

Liberals - “We are the Borg, and you will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

That is the liberals ultimate goal for a “utopian” society. A world of Borg-like robots.


21 posted on 09/09/2007 1:52:14 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Lorianne
"They are still touting the silly “study” as proof positive of their righteousness."

With regard to the modern left, I think it's anything but "silly," but rather frightening. Remember, political dissenters in the Soviet Union were frequently confined in psychiatric hospitals.

The value of re-reading that article is to help keep in mind how potentialy dangerous these people are.

We also need to be reminded how they did this on our dime.

22 posted on 09/09/2007 2:00:39 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: Lorianne

Just more proof that ‘those who can, do; those who can’t,teach’


23 posted on 09/09/2007 2:13:05 PM PDT by - Smokestack Lightning (End the Anchor Baby Law. Build the fence. Bounties on illegals and employers.Deport Libs Moos RINOs.)
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To: Lorianne

“I think of a man. And then I take away reason and accountability.”
— Jack Nicholson (from “As Good as it Gets”)

Excellent line. He was talking about women, but could have just as easily been describing liberals.


24 posted on 09/09/2007 2:21:41 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Lorianne

Commies always sent dissenters to “re-education” camps.

Force vs.freedom.

Take your pick. America.


25 posted on 09/09/2007 2:31:06 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008; mark my words.)
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To: Lorianne

Lorianne, I’m glad to see that you made it out of that coma you’ve been in, and now that you’re up and around and hopefully taking fluids and solid food again, this ‘story’ smells awfully similar to the Bogus Bush IQ ‘study’ by the imaginary “Lovenstein Institute” of Scranton, Pennsylvania, descrived as a “think-tank including high-caliber historians, psychiatrists, sociologists, scientists in human behavior, and psychologists. Among their ranks are Dr. Werner R. Lovenstein, world-renowned sociologist, and Professor Patricia F. Dilliams, a world-respected psychiatrist.”

That study was a fraud and a phony and I suspect this one comes from the same tainted neighborhood.

But nice seeing you back in the land of the living.


26 posted on 09/09/2007 3:04:19 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jan 20, 2009 - "We Don't Know. Where Rudy Went. Just Glad He's Not. The President. Burma Shave.")
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To: VR-21

Yes, frightening is correct.


27 posted on 09/09/2007 3:05:56 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction.

So, what did Stalin, Pol Pot, Jimmy Carter, and Ed Schultz suffer from?

28 posted on 09/12/2007 10:56:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Oh, Geesh, not THIS crap AGAIN?!?)
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