We’ve been talking for awhile about the right wing’s politics of fear. It’s an obvious theme that anyone can pick out pretty easily. Republicans use people’s fears to get them to support policies that just don’t make sense.
Now we can say that this conclusion has a scientific basis. Right wingers are timid little scaredy cats, so says a new study at the University of Nebraska, comparing the physiological responses of people to alarming stimulus.
Participants with right wing ideology tended to react more fearfully to the stimulus than liberals. Liberals could handle the threat and get on about their business. Right wingers were more overwhelmed by fear. Their bodies got into freaked out little hissy fits, comparatively speaking.
The next time you run into someone who starts babbling about how we’re all in terrible danger from terrorists, or immigrants, or witches, just say, “I know that you can’t help it, but science indicates that right wingers like you tend to be wimps who are unable to deal with their fears. Buck up! Get a security blanket!”
Then say “Boo!” and watch ’em shiver.