After a few discussions this past week with a friend over why politics is the way it is, I remembered something I had come up with a long time ago and felt it explained it perfectly. So, here it is, as I recall it: Conservatives vs. Liberals.
Conservatives and Liberals, as a whole, are basically the Jocks and the Brains that we all endured in high school. The jocks got all the glory and the brains got all the good grades. And usually the two didn't interact that much if they could help it. But I think what people fail to see is that both groups are insanely jealous of each other because they lack what the other has. Jocks are popular, brains are smart. Brains would like to be popular too, and jocks want to feel intelligent as well.
Being smart is one of the biggest threats in the world, it's why governments who want to completely control their people deny them books and education, etc. Keep them dumb, then they won't think for themselves and ask questions and we won't be threatened. Often times they are left with brute force as their main form of enforcement, something jocks are well adept at.
When somebody doesn't have smarts to rely on, they tend to rely on their fists. It's fast, easy, and effective. So take this attitude and apply it to members of the government who feel threatened by another person's intelligence. That's what they use, because it is their only tool. So people wondering why the patriarchy in this country are pushing back against progress, have only to see that this is why. They feel threatened, but don't have the intelligence to handle it. So they push back and try to keep others from progressing because it is so very threatening to their existence. Not having to think hard has served them well all their lives and they can't handle changing now. Their brains would probably explode.
So the next time you see some jackass conservative politician railing against liberals, don't hate him, and yes, I am saying "him" because I feel most of the guilty culprits as of ever have been men, though plenty of women do the same...Don't hate this person, pity him. Pity him because you know that he can't handle a simple intelligent discussion or the thought of change or having to share the power that has always been his automatically. You know it. He knows it, which makes it all the more difficult for him to handle. And worse, he knows that you know, and that kills him every time. If there's one thing I've learned in my lifetime, it's that saving face is very important. That's all these people want, a chance to not be humiliated. To save face. They know we look down upon them as being backwards and out of time and no longer welcome in modern society. This only makes them push back harder. If only we liberals could find a way to allow them to save face, but still have the progress the world so desperately needs, I think we'd all be a lot better off. I'm sure there's a way, I just can't think of it right now.