You see, I don't have a PhD or any kind of graduate degree. In fact, as a sophomore in college, I have probably spent less than 1% as much time in higher education than any one of the researchers involved in the Berkeley study. However, I do know that being a conservative does not put me into the cookie-cutter image portrayed by the aforementioned study.
I grew up in an atmosphere of moral integrity. My family goes to church, and I have been raised in a loving and caring household. These facets of my life have formed the base of my political ideology and allowed my beliefs to grow into what they are today. It is pretty safe to assume that my situation can at least partly be echoed by nearly every good conservative in the world today.
You see, anyone can take data from a plethora of studies and form their own opinions based on pre-formed biases. The fact that a study from a well-respected university begins with a statement like, "...at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality," shows that the research team never intended to come up with an objective view of the conservative ideological structure.
All academics aside, there is one comment in the study that completely ticks me the f*** off. It goes:
Hitler, Mussolini, and former President Ronald Reagan were individuals, but all were right-wing conservatives because they preached a return to an idealized past and condoned inequality in some form. Talk host Rush Limbaugh can be described the same way, the authors commented in a published reply to the article.Can you seriously tell me with a straight face that Reagan in any way compares to Hitler or Mussolini? We are talking about the recently-crowned "Greatest American" here, as voted by over three million Americans. You can comb through hundreds of thousands of pages of studies spanning decades or even centuries and sooner or later there will be some way to compare God to Satan. This doesn't make it true, or even necessary to divulge these findings.
The fact that this research team actually published their so-called "study" just shows how degraded the moral standing of UC-Berkeley has become. It no longer qualifies as a bastion of higher education, it is merely a breeding ground for the next generation of professional protestors and left-wing whackos. It may seem just as crude a generalization as that I just got done blasting, but hey if they can do it why can't I?