aquapub said:I think conservatives put more things in their lives that are sources of deeper fulfillment like family, devotion to your spouse, relationship with something greater than themselves (god). They are probably also happier because they have direction, structure, and the capacity for tough love-all things I find strikingly absent in liberals.
Stace said:How many liberals do you actually know? Because every liberal I know that has ever been married is still married to that same spouse, whereas the conservatives I know have been divorced at least once. My husband and I are certainly devoted to each other....I don't have a relationship with any higher beings, because I'm not entirely convinced that there are any to begin with....same with my husband. But we don't need that in our life in order to be happy, there is plenty here on this earth that can provide for our contentment and happiness without having to drag imaginary sky creatures (sort of quoting kal-el there) into the mix. And that whole thing about direction, structure, and the capacity for tough love? Hogwash.
Blanket statements don't become you.
FinnMacCool said:I don't know if its true conservatives are "happier" then liberals.
My cousins are conservatives and they are always yelling and screaming at each other. My uncle beats them.
Seriously not a pretty picture. They don't really look like the ideal family, in my opinion.
Kandahar said:Religiosity is probably the biggest factor. I don't see any evidence that conservatives are more devoted to families than liberals, once you control for variables such as race and income.
Because they are conservative?
And your one anecdotal story is suppose to convince us the poll cite is wrong?
FinnMacCool said:No. Because my Uncle is an asshole. Don't even get me started on him.
My Dad doesn't even talk to him anymore. He avoids him when ever he can. . .as do I for that matter.
No. I'm just saying that everyone has had different experiences and any type of poll or whatever will never solve the question of who is happier.
Happiness is based on perception after all.
talloulou said:Well I don't know if I'd trust stupid studies making wide assumptions that conservatives are happier than liberals....First you'd have to define happy.
But in any case if WE are happier I think it's probably 'cause we keep winning elections. The liberals are practically frothing at the mouth with the idea that they will finally be back in the white house after the next presidential election but I suspect I'll once again be "happy" while their heads are explode with anger and frustration. Winning is definitely better and more happy inducing then losing.
aquapub said:I am the equivalent of Alex P. Keaton. I am a black sheep Republican who has always been surrounded by liberals of every sort since birth. Nice try, but this attempt to undermine my experience with liberals (based on nothing but assumption) is definitely a bark up the wrong tree.
My points may not be flattering to you, but I am not the only one who has noticed the contrasts I listed and I am very certain about their accuracy (at least as this pertains to your average liberal).
Stace said:Would you really base your happiness on the outcome of an election? I mean sure, who's in office is important and all, but I certainly wouldn't let something like that affect my overall happiness. I have many more things in my life that are a lot more important than that!
FinnMacCool said:Your accuracy is no better then her's. Both of you just base all this off your own personal experiences.
Stace said:I did not assume anything. I asked you a simple question, and then stated my own experiences.
I could really not care less what you think, because all in all, this is all based upon perception and opinion - NOT fact. The world is simply what you make of it, and if you think that "the average liberal" is not happy, it's either because you don't look hard enough, or you don't want to see what's really there. All of those things you listed are merely your opinion on what makes someone happy....but not everyone agrees with that. We create our own happiness, and just because someone doesn't measure up to your standards, that certainly doesn't make them unhappy. And yes, that same standard applies to me as well - just because ANY of us think that someone is unhappy, that doesn't make it so, and vice versa.
Hoot said:Why are Conservatives happier than Liberals?
I can answer this question very easily....
Ignorance is bliss.
aquapub said:Actually, there is a great deal of evidence that conservatives submit to things greater than themselves (like God, and the law) way, way more than Democrats.
aquapub said:And there are hundreds of places where you can see evidence that conservatives follow principles and have an intelligible direction, while Democrats do nothing of the sort.
aquapub said:Take judicial nominations. Conservatives voted overwhelmingly (with no delays and certainly no filibuster) FOR Ginsburg even though they were deeply troubled by her feminist affiliations. They cared more about the democratic process. And all they want in a judge is someone who is going to stay within the bounds given to judges (jurisdictionally) by the Constitution.
http://thinkprogress.org/2005/07/01/how-clinton-treated-hatch/[It] was not a surprise when the President called to talk about the appointment and what he was thinking of doing.
President Clinton indicated he was leaning toward nominating Bruce Babbitt, his Secretary of the Interior, a name that had been bouncing around in the press. Bruce, a well-known western Democrat, had been the governor of Arizona and a candidate for president in 1988. Although he had been a state attorney general back during the 1970s, he was known far more for his activities as a politician than as a jurist. Clinton asked for my reaction.
I told him that confirmation would not be easy. At least one Democrat would probably vote against Bruce, and there would be a great deal of resistance from the Republican side. I explained to the President that although he might prevail in the end, he should consider whether he wanted a tough, political battle over his first appointment to the Court.
Our conversation moved to other potential candidates. I asked whether he had considered Judge Stephen Breyer of the First Circuit Court of Appeals or Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. President Clinton indicated he had heard Breyer’s name but had not thought about Judge Ginsberg.
I indicated I thought they would be confirmed easily. I knew them both and believed that, while liberal, they were highly honest and capable jurists and their confirmation would not embarrass the President. From my perspective, they were far better than the other likely candidates from a liberal Democrat administration.
In the end, the President did not select Secretary Babbitt. Instead, he nominated Judge Ginsburg and Judge Breyer a year later, when Harry Blackmun retired from the Court. Both were confirmed with relative ease.
aquapub said:Liberals care about stance on abortion, period.
The platform also represents a departure from the silence on cultural issues that has often characterized Democratic platforms in the past. "We honor the central place of faith in the lives of our people," it says, pledging to "strengthen the role of faith-based organizations in meeting challenges like homelessness, youth violence, and other social problems." For the first time, this platform expresses Democratic support for the Second Amendment right to possess firearms for self-protection and hunting. And while continuing the party's strong support for abortion rights, the platform pointedly reaches out to those who disagree on this or other cultural issues: "Members of our party have deeply held and differing views on some matters of conscience and faith.... We are committed to resolving our differences in a spirit of civility, hope and mutual respect."
Stinger said:Probably more due to the fact that conservatives are more willing to seek their own success which leads to a more fulfilled life and greater wealth rather than waiting for others to do it for them.
AlbqOwl said:I don't think conservatism has anything to do with 'religiosity' or 'marriage' or whether or not there is domestic violence as I think there are as many religious liberals as non-religious liberals, liberals can do get and stay married, and I have on good authority that domestic violence has no political or socioeconomic affliliation. You cannot say that there are no virtues and no sins in either and you'll find the good, the bad, and the ugly in both.
There are differences, however, and the question is 'why are conservatives happier'? While there are exceptions to every rule of course, in general:
Conservatives see a glass as half full while liberals see it as half empty.
Conservatives look for opportunities, possibilities, improvements, excellence and want everybody to get out of their way. Instead of opportunities, Liberals are more likely to see roadblocks, obstacles, and problems and look for somebody to blame for them.
Conservatives think the most compassionate way to help the poor is to show them how to be rich. Liberals think the only compassionate way to help the poor is to take from the rich.
Conservatives want equality in encouragement and opportunity to try and appreciate great achievement and excellence. Liberals want equality of outcome and tend to think it unfair or dishonorable to anybody to get way ahead in anything.
Conservatives see national crises as problems to be solved. Liberals see national crises as monumental failures.
Conservatives tend to be optimistic and hopeful in a world full of possibilities. Liberals tend to be pessimistic and negative in a world that must be reformed and conformed.
Conservatives believe in personal responsibility and accepting the consequences of our choices. Liberals believe in group responsibility and view those who make bad choices as victims and those who benefit from the bad choices of others as oppressors.
Thus in the end the conservatives are optimistic, forward thinking, hopeful, encouraging, and appreciate and strive for excellence. At the same time they appreciate those values that have provided stability and underpinning for a well ordered society, believe there is a best way to do anything, and if it isn't broken, leave it alone. Conservatives know what they want and want the chance to go after it. Such an attitude is conducive to happiness.
Liberals tend to be angry and pessimistic, are given to a victim mentality, are resentful and suspicious of the successful, contemputuous of the opportunistic, are nonconformists when it comes to traditional values and are uncomfortable with those who hold them, and give over to government to tell them what they want and to provide it with no willingness to understand that no government can. And such an attitude is conducive to depression, anxiety, and irrational anger.
I'll duck now as the verbal missiles start coming my way. :2razz:
hipsterdufus said:You beat me to the punch Hoot!
How about: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."