While traveling on Interstate 70 recently and passing a semi, I noticed a sign on the back of the trailer. It read “Government can’t solve the problem, government is the problem.” That is a catch phrase for a lot of conservatives, and I wondered if someone were to remind the driver (undoubtedly a Republican) that the interstate he was driving on was the result of the efforts of Republican president, would it register?
Probably not. Behavioral psychologists tell us that we basically follow our emotions and pay attention to the facts that support those feelings. A Republican president giving us the interstate would be an inconvenient truth to the driver of that semi.
Not that liberals don’t play the same game. But in a book titled, “The Righteous Mind,” the psychologist author claims that in this game, the Republicans have the advantage that conservatives feel more strongly on more issues than the liberals or independents for that matter.