A new study, founded by the National Science Foundation, finds that conservatives are generally more happy then their liberal brethren due to their ability to rationalize social and economic inequality.
I know, I'm as shocked as you are to find that the Conservatives would be happier during this time period (when they've had all the power) then Liberals would be. I suppose it has nothing to do with the fact that for six years all their wildest desires were coming true while liberals sat in the corner, pissed and angry? I suppose it also doesn't help that the majority of conservatives are "straight" white people who rarely experience "social inequality", unless you count not having a long enough mullet at a Toby Keith concert.
This is my favorite part though of the article, as to WHY liberals aren't as happy with their lot in life.
To justify economic inequalities, a person could support the idea of meritocracy, in which people supposedly move up their economic status in society based on hard work and good performance. In that way, one's social class attainment, whether upper, middle or lower, would be perceived as totally fair and justified.Yes, liberals have a very difficult time accepting racism and prejudice that keep them down. If they only could find a way to turn that frown upside down and accept their lot in life then could be just as happy as conservatives.
If your beliefs don't justify gaps in status, you could be left frustrated and disheartened, according to the researchers, Jaime Napier and John Jost of New York University. They conducted a U.S.-centric survey and a more internationally focused one to arrive at the findings.
"Our research suggests that inequality takes a greater psychological toll on liberals than on conservatives," the researchers write in the June issue of the journal Psychological Science, "apparently because liberals lack ideological rationalizations that would help them frame inequality in a positive (or at least neutral) light."
Sorry NSF, if putting blinders to the world and being concerned only about what makes ME comfortable in life is what it takes to make one "happy and content" then you can keep it. I will continue to be one brassed of "liberal" who isn't happy with the direction this country and world is going because of inbred chicken fuckers like you.