You say tomahto Dan Quayle says potahto. Conservativeness, is apparently predictable based on “high disgust sensitivity.” Researchers think that if you’re easily squeamed by bodily functions, you’ll be less likely to be on board with homosexuality and shmeshmortion.
Everything is icky, therefore I iz a conservative.*
Oh, to the contrary. I hazard that conservative thinkers aren’t grossed out by the unflushed toilet itself, but by someone being lazy and thoughtless enough to leave it so. I am “disgusted” by your cigarette smoke in that I am more displeased by the lack of discipline and consideration displayed in creating it, than the actual product itself. Yet, I will champion your right to do so, as strenuously as my right to have an opinion about it.
*Everyone can do better and live by higher standards, therefore I am a conservative. There. Fixed.
(Huh. Let us also note this piece of research kind of parallels gay marriage with an unflushed toilet? ((And don’t get me started on what they’re calling “political conservatism” vs. social and moral conservatism. As a true conservative, I am wildly uncomfortable with the constant entanglement of the two.)) YAY SCIENCE.<—NO! Nothing to do with conservatism. And yeah, I caught it. Correlation, not causation, but sheesh. Toilets predicting political thought? I think maybe they missed the more complicated interpretation there when they got all excited about their p-value being all .05. Orrrr it’s just one of those “sexy” “studies” that gets attention. Mine included. Party hats all around. Any party you’d like.)
Wait, are you mocking USA Today or the poli sci of Dr. Poopy? Cause it sounds like you’re mocking the poli sci of Dr. Poopy.
You doubt a parallel between gay marriage and an unflushed toilet? Santorum. Linking sodomite nuptials with shit isn’t really a stretch. (What, you think Harvard was just gonna come out and say it?)
Hasn’t small-c conservatism long shown a disgust (yes, disgust!) at Things Which Remind Us That Humans Are Animals? Because it’s not just sexual prurience and smeshmortion, it’s religion and Darwin and monkeys and all manner of pretension at human transcendence. Words like “standards” and “discipline” are melody to the bass track: conservatives are not down with the funk. Correlation does not imply causation, but it sure rhymes a lot. You guys say you aren’t icked out, but we keep finding penises under fig leaves.
And hey, while we’re on the subject, tolerance of cigarettes is a hedge. It’s the classic political compromise of an American conservative. Cocaine presents a public health threat and is therefore outlawed, but tobacco is somehow within the margin of error and gets the hall pass of “personal responsibility”?
A pure social conservative (like say, a Mormon) would have no problem with a Nanny State bringing the hammer down. A drug is a drug is a drug, and thou shalt not surrender thy dominion to a plant. All those dry counties in the South are in the heart of red states, yes? So the lib/con divide is less of a metric than the authoritarian/libertarian one. Which is why we have “entangled” political coalitions, so we can have it both ways. Cause even an eclectic McCain vegan can’t want Eric Mar colluding with the Church of Latter-Day Saints, can she?
Unlike religion or some intangible philosophy, evolution is not for you to “believe” or “disbelieve” in. The statement “I don’t believe in evolution” is an empty one as evolution, again, unlike religion, is not something that requires your belief in order to be true. Similarly, to say “I believe in evolution” is to suggest that evolution is somehow dependent upon your conviction. It is not. Evolution is a fact of life, regardless of whether or not you personally chose to accept that.