01 December 2007

Chicken or the egg?

On the front page of Fox News. Unsurprisingly, CNN is not leading with this either.
A roundup of Gallup health polls over the past four years finds that Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to report having excellent mental health.

The survey found that 58 percent of Republicans polled reported having excellent mental health. Only 38 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Independents reported the same.

The question is, does this mean that insanity leads a person to liberalism, or does liberalism lead to mental illness?

From my personal experience, my mental health improved greatly when I started taking personal responsibility in my life - sure, bad things had happened to me, but that didn't mean it had to continue to affect me and my behavior. With that realization came a movement toward conservative thought, i.e. the government wasn't responsible for taking care of me and the government wasn't responsible for legislating my behavior. Those two principles go hand in hand more than I think most libs realize; if one expects the government to not tell them what to do, one must show that one is responsible enough to not be told what to do. I think most people learn this in their teenage years, I'll admit it took me a few years longer.


paulg said...

It's more likely that the Democrats are able to carry out a rational self assessment and then be honest about the results.

Alice H said...

Why am I not surprised that someone who lists himself as a 'search engine optimizer' (read: spammer) thinks that libs can do anything rationally?