TVB seems to be thriving on hatred. Here's an interesting article to consider. Here's the link to the whole page. TVB won't be able to digest it, she's busy thinking about her next childish attack on common sense.http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive ... 00070.html
The Ideological Animal
By: Jay Dixit
We think our political stance is the product of reason, but we're
easily manipulated and surprisingly malleable. Our essential political
self is more a stew of childhood temperament, education, and fear of
death. Call it the 9/11 effect.
Cinnamon Stillwell never thought she'd be the founder of a political
organization. She certainly never expected to start a group for
conservatives, most of whom became conservatives on the same day—
September 11, 2001. She organized the group, the 911 Neocons, as a
haven for people like her—"former lefties" who did political 180s
Stillwell, now a conservative columnist for the San Francisco
Chronicle, had been a liberal her whole life, writing off all
Republicans as "ignorant, intolerant yahoos." Yet on 9/11, everything
changed for her, as it did for so many. In the days after the attacks,
the world seemed "topsy-turvy." On the political left, she wrote,
"There was little sympathy for the victims," and it seemed to her that
progressives were "consumed with hatred for this country" and had
"extended their misguided sympathies to tyrants and terrorists."
Disgusted, she looked elsewhere. She found solace among conservative
talk-show hosts and columnists. At first, she felt resonance with the
right about the war on terror. But soon she found herself concurring
about "smaller government, traditional societal structures, respect
and reverence for life, the importance of family, personal
responsibility, national unity over identity politics." She embraced
gun rights for the first time, drawn to "the idea of self-preservation
in perilous times." Her marriage broke up due in part to political
differences. In the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, she began going
to pro-war rallies.
In 2005, she wrote a column called "The Making of a 9/11 Republican."
Over the year that followed, she received thousands of e-mails from
people who'd had similar experiences. There were so many of them that
she decided to form a group. And so the 911 Neocons were born.
We tend to believe our political views have evolved by a process of
rational thought, as we consider arguments, weigh evidence, and draw
conclusions. But the truth is more complicated. Our political
preferences are equally the result of factors we're not aware of—such
as how educated we are, how scary the world seems at a given moment,
and personality traits that are first apparent in early childhood.
Among the most potent motivators, it turns out, is fear. How the
United States should confront the threat of terrorism remains a
subject of endless political debate. But Americans' response to
threats of attack is now more clear-cut than ever. The fear of death
alone is surprisingly effective in shaping our political decisions—
more powerful, often, than thought itself.