Letters to the Editor

Are we hard-wired in our political beliefs?

Why is Congress polarized? The following is not my personal opinion, but it is worth considering.

Studies conducted at the universities of Johns Hopkins, MIT, UCLA, Brown, Ohio State, Maryland, Berkeley, Nebraska, London, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Yale and Michigan concluded there is a difference in the brain functions of conservatives and liberals. Given the exact same circumstances, the brains of each group were conflicted forming opinions and making decisions. Even their brain sizes are different. It's in the DNA.

The studies shows conservatives resist change, make fear-based decisions, are suspicious. They dispute scientific research, believe in personal responsibility, are authoritarian, resist entitlement programs, support traditional values and are reluctant to accept new ideas.

Liberals support change, are empathetic, accepting, are sensitive to the welfare of the underprivileged. They support human rights, government responsibility to ensure equal treatment, freedom of speech, personal opinions and choices.

If these studies are true and the brains of conservatives and liberals are hard-wired differently, political cooperation seems unattainable.

How can Congress agree on the issues of abortion, employment, foreign policy, death penalty, immigration, energy, budgets, entitlements, gay rights, education, health care, birth control, embryonic stem cell research, college loans, gun control, climate change, governments role, social security, euthanasia, national security, taxes, terrorism, military funding and gay marriage, if judgment is determined by DNA?

Does dissimilar brain function encourage hate letters in newspapers, false campaign statements, unethical behavior, misleading statistics by both parties to discredit the opposition? Is it biology or bigotry that divides us?

Bob Faust

Hilton Head Island

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