I’m a Democrat and from my “take” on reality, the Republicans are astonishingly wrong on every issue – on abortion, homosexuality, Planned Parenthood, on food stamps, student loans, capital punishment, on amnesty, Syria, gun control, in short, on most everything. Conversely, the Democrats are mostly right on every issue – on pro-choice, homosexuality, breast and cervical cancer screenings, on feeding children, low interest student loans, no death penalty, on a “pathway to citizenship,” keeping our powder dry in Syria, banning AK-47s, all obvious and sensible stuff.
Contrasting the Republican “take” on the world with that of the Democrats reveals an incredible fact: the mind relates to and interprets experience in two radically different ways. In politics, this bifurcation is identified as The Right and The Left, but recognized only since the French revolution of the 1790s. In his Rights of Man, Tom Paine, narrowly escaping the guillotine, – yes. our common sense Tom managed a front row seat on both the American and French revolutions – not only spelled out the politics of The Left but blasted Edmund Burke who brilliantly presented the politics of The Right. In every political group, 47% are with thundering Tom and 47% with brilliant Edmund. Remarkably, every political group shows this split. In the US, 47% of citizens are on The Left, 47% on The Right, the remaining 6% up for grabs. More or less.
How to account for this mystery? I have a theory.