Published: Sunday, July 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
The liberal NYT admitted this about conservatives? I wonder if that made them
Ignorance is bliss - Orwell
Boy, I sure seem to be much happier than any of the conservatives I know. They
always seem to have a new fear to worry about every morning. Or is it just
after they get their daily fix of LimbaughBeckHannityO'Rielly or
whatever?Gloom and doom is all I hear from them. And when I try to
cheer them up by pointing out all the good things Obama has done for us, they
get indigestion.Must be a tough way to live.And if
that's happiness, then I guess I'm not.
Re: "Why conservatives are happier . . . ."Simple --
we're too busy enjoying life, and a little too smart to fall for all
faddish emergency disaster stories the left uses to disingenuously justify its
assaults on American liberty.Liberal dissonance, and its cause, are
well documented facts -- outward acceptance of all the wildly unlikely disaster
stories leftists must pretend to swallow and attempt to disseminate, as the
price of admission to handwringing, bedwetting, leftist/academic nobility.
So does it then follow that if all you liberals want to find happiness you need
to get married, get active in a religion and embrace conservative values?Actually I think the causes and effects are a little mixed up. I think
people who tend to be happier, or claim happiness on surveys, also tend to be
the sort who enjoy family and religious ties, and that sort of people tend to be
conservative. Unfortunately I don't think liberals would find the same
happiness in conservatism, marriage or religion. It's just not in their
nature. Maybe they are doomed to be unahppy libs. Is that why they are always
trying to use government to take away other peoples' freedom and property?
Why is this story found in the "Opinion" section of the DN? IF it is
straight information, then should it not be found in the "News" portion
of the DN? Missplaced or perhaps not?
Why is this piece "recommended" by the Deseret News?
"I think people who tend to be happier, or claim happiness on surveys, also
tend to be the sort who enjoy family and religious ties, and that sort of people
tend to be conservative."I guess I am an unhappy liberal. And
it is statements like this that make me unhappy. Why do conservatives think
they have a corner on family and religious ties and patriotism? It is the
arrogance of conservatives to think their lives are more wholesome and more
fullfilling that makes me sad and their assumption that their conservative ideas
make them closer to God, apple pie and the American way that makes liberals
unhappy.For the record, I am a devout, fifth generation Mormon with
four children and seven grandchildren (so far). Two years ago I buried my
father who was a World War II veteren and dedicated his life in service to his
country, in either uniform or civilian service. But he and my mother were
staunch New Dealers who taught me that community and caring for others is the
best approach. I know we practice that concept at church but we are less than
2% of the nation. Who looks out for the rest?
Why conservatives are happier, is because they love to crash America.ASK YOURSELF what's going to happen when things like fire and police
departments start making cuts?. What about water quality and disease control
and infrastructure maintenance and food inspection and a thousand other
essential services that could and will be affected if America continues on this
path to fiscal insanity?. WE ALL are suffering fiscal shortfalls in the
billions and the politicians refuse to do anything meaningful about it. In
essence, that is what is happening to our nation as a whole as politicians of
both parties pay lip service to "balancing the budget" but ignoring the
eight hundred pound gorilla in the room, neither party having the guts to tell
the American public what is really going on. Our federal tax structure,
voluminous regulations, NAFTA, and the other one-sided trade agreements
we've made over the years have combined to move American businesses off
shore, taking thousands of American jobs with them. Something has got to give
and the way things are going it's going to be the economy, from welfare for
the rich of The United States of America.I sayObama2012.
Just a bit of a disconnect. When you look at the happiest countries in the
world, you find that most of those at the top of the list are far from
conservative leaning."Once again, the United States fails to
make the top 10 happiest nations in the world, while countries like Australia,
Israel and all of the Scandinavian nations do."
So a conservative writer claims that conservatives are happier than liberals and
gets his opinion piece published in the op-ed pages of the NYTimes. Bully for him.This is useful information... how?I've got a crazy aunt who's deliriously happy. She spends her days
chirping like a bird, she's so happy. Doesn't mean I want
to be like her.
@ECR: These are of course broad generalizations. Do you deny the facts presented
in this piece, that liberals tend to be more often single, less religious and
less happy? I don't claim any causation, I just think the type of people
drawn to liberal philosophies also tend to be less happy. The way we measure
happiness may be to blame. That's as good an explanation as any.
Another daily affirmation article - from one conservative newspaper to another.
All I can say is I know and have in my family staunch right wing
"conservatives", Beckites if you will, and I'm positive if asked
they would bubble over with happiness, yet I wouldn't trade them lives for
anything. They are the last people I would ask life advice from. To a person
they are delusional. There can be a real difference between being
happy and being satisfied. The liberals I know appear to be satisfied with their
life (content with doing the best they could with what they had and what they
experienced). The conservatives on the other hand measure themselves against an
imposed standard of bliss..and of course they meet that standard..who can say
different. Yet who talks about stealing my property (taxes), who talks about the
undeserving receiving what they shouldn't, who taks about other people
wanting everything for nothing? Asking conservatives if they are
happy is like asking Donald Trump if he is handsome..yea of course you are.
procuradorfiscal said:Re: "Why conservatives are happier . . .
.""Simple" you nailed it pro.There's
an old saying that goes "in every emergency situation, there is always one
person who remains cool calm and collected, this person doesn't understand
or have all the facts."
I got the true answer here, let's see if the conservatives are happier than
liberals and just do this. The Electoral College should be banned, and just go
with the one that received more popular votes only is the winner. Obama2012
Even though the article appeared in the NY Times, it was written by the American
Enterprise Institute, an ultra-conservative think tank.
Is it happiness to think, "I got mine, Jack. Just leave me and my guns alone
and we'll ALL be happier."?
"Even though the article appeared in the NY Times, it was written by the
American Enterprise Institute, an ultra-conservative think tank." Well that
explain why the D-News recommends it. The D-News hasn't changed
editorially since 1936.
So let’s see if I have the takeaway here: if my house is on fire and I
want to be happy, I should:a.Curl up with a good fiction book (the
older the better as that tends to increase its authority).b.Stand outside
shouting “the government will be any minute to put out the fire.”c. Put out the fire yourself and then get on with life.Those who
choose A and B are the happiest. Does this prove the maxim that ignorance (or
delusion) is bliss?
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