by John Hawkins | March 6, 2006 10:00 am
Not long ago, a Pew Research study came out that showed conservatives tend to be happier people than liberals. Here’s George Will on the “happiness gap:”
“A survey by the Pew Research Center shows that conservatives are happier than liberals. While 34 percent call themselves “very happy,” only 28 percent of liberal Democrats (and 31 percent of moderate or conservative Democrats) do, compared with 47 percent of conservative Republicans. This finding is niftily self-reinforcing: It depresses liberals.
Election results do not explain this happiness gap. Republicans have been happier every year since 1972. Married people and religious people are especially disposed to happiness, and both cohorts vote more conservatively than does the whole nation.
People in the Sun Belt — almost entirely red states — have sunnier dispositions than Northerners, which could have as much to do with sunshine as with conservatism. Unless sunshine makes people happy, which makes them conservative.”
Want to see depressed liberals in action? Well then, today is your lucky day because there’s a thread at the Democratic Underground that’s called In all of my 56 (and counting) years on this planet, I have never felt (that’s it) — and it’s one of the most maudlin, discouraging, and just plain old joyless threads that you’ve ever seen.
Of course, conservatives might be more downbeat, too, if we believed the President was a Hitler clone who might start tossing us in camps at any time, but geeze, it’s like cheer up, you moonbats; life’s not so bad — especially here in America. We’re in the world’s only super power, a rich and free country, where opportunities wait around every corner and these lefties come across like they’re ready to start pitching themselves out of windows. The misery these people create for themselves, in their own lives, just because of their own unrealistic, pessimistic and warped view of the world is almost astonishing.
Just read some of these comments:
Bullwinkle925: In all of my 56 (and counting) years on this planet, I have never felt this kind of despair over what my country has become. Even in the midst of the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’, I remember having faith in my President and Government. Even after the assassination of President Kennedy and all of the sadness that this country endured, I felt a glimmer of hope that we would survive as a nation. Even during the 1960’s struggle with Civil Rights, I knew that we would begin that march toward freedom! Even after the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King (with the ensuing riots) I still felt like we would turn the corner and begin to heal again as a nation.
Even during the protest marches of the late 60’s against the Viet Nam war, I knew that we were watching democracy in action and the ‘will of the people’ was being heard. Even during the darkest days of ‘Watergate’ – somehow I knew that justice would prevail.
I no longer know this.
I thought that I had seen the faces of evil during the Civil Rights struggles in the South.
I thought that I was looking at sinister, twisted faces during Watergate.
I was wrong – little did I know what lay in waiting for this country!
I can only hope that justice will somehow be lifted up and shine again on this land.
tom_paine: Well it IS 1933 again and the Curtain of Totalitarian Darkness is falling on the world.
As my sigline indicates, I too, am going to keep struggling to restore freedom to America.
But you are as correct in your feelings as any Jew in Germany in 1933.
niyad: I am the same age as you–and feel exactly the same way. I remember one of my political science profs, after nixon’s stint–that if we could survive him, we could survive anything–I wonder what he would be thinking now.
however, I fought then, and I continue to fight now. I will NOT surrender my country to the hate-and-fear mongers who worship death and destruction. this is MY home–NOT theirs, and they cannot have it.
KC21304: I have been having the same thoughts lately. Something has to be done to wake up the people before it is too late, if it isn’t already. HELP ! Somebody ! I am 63 and it is beginning to look like my husband and I will not be having any grandchildren and lately I have been thinking it is for the best. Now that is real despair.
Godlesscommieprevert: here and feel the same about no grandkids. It would have been nice, but what a world to bring babies into.
serryjw: I’m also 56. have never felt this way. I cry daily. I will tell you if I had children I would leave the country. I wish there was a glimmer of hope I could see. I honestly do not think 2006/08 is going to change anything. I said to a grilfriend yesterday that I’ll be the 2nd in line during the revolution but you need to find me our leader first..Any ideas?
davekriss: …O they’ll maintain the illusion of “democracy” as long as they can, but they’ll drop the charade as soon as it becomes too cumbersome, a slight obstruction to their agenda already well underway, and agenda that steels the financial fortresses of the few that make up a global investing class, all the while knowing we’re about to enter an age of limits, an age when oil supplies decline, arable land grows scarce, safe drinkable water a rare and, in the future, packaged commodity bought and sold at profit. When global collapse comes, it is we who will stand locked out of their bubble communities, secured by their private armies, we who will bear the brunt of deprivation and misery and even death. It will happen in a flash, but by then it will be too late for us. Katrina in so many ways was the example in microcosm.
Things will get much worse before they ever get better — IF they ever get better. As Hunter S. Thompson said somewhere, Big Dark Coming, Soon.
keopeli: I’m 39 and remember Nixon. That was nothing compared to this. From election day in 2000 to today, so many crimes have been committed in America’s name that her glimmer has totally gone.
I have a dread for the future which causes my despair. I’ve seriously considered moving to Fiji.
But, I must admit that I do have a morsel of hope. I think my generation is beginning to feel responsible for this mess. Eventually, there may be reproductions. Unfortunately, I feel we’ve lost what we had forever. But, I don’t feel fascism has won the day yet. I don’t know what the future holds, but I can influence it in my small way, as we all can. I hope we will.
mnhtnbb: We considered a LOT of countries before choosing Panama Canada, New Zealand (both too old), Ireland, Bahamas, Bonaire, Belize, Turks & Caicos.
We know people who’ve made the move to Bahamas, Bonaire, Belize, and are getting to know some of the other buyers in the development where we’ve bought in Panama. LOTS and LOTS of people are making plans to get out, or give themselves a place to go.
We figure we hope for the best and plan for the worst.
roguevalley: I’m 53 and I hear ya. Between global warming and the *sshats in charge, I am d*mned glad I have no grandchildren.
OmmmSweetOmmm: am 54 and echo most of what you have said, but will go further..this country has not been ours since before I was born. After WWII people with plans set in motion actions to corrupt our country, control world politics, and have delivered with great patience, their agenda. Ike was very clear when he warned of the great military industrial complex, and those warnings were never heeded…. I am now in the position of having 2 teenage sons and I shiver to think what their future will be here.
QuestionAll: i just turned 45…Generation Jones…we’re looking to get out- there doesn’t appear to be any saving this cesspool.
C’mon, cheer up already!
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