The Psychology Behind the Political Parties

This is only my observations, research and implied opinion. 

Are there distinct personality traits behind the people in the political parties? Yes! As we know the parties to be, the Democrats are liberals, the Republicans are conservatives, and the Tea Party is extreme conservative. As normal people who are supporters of each category, they relate personality traits beyond the obvious cliches assigned.

By listening to the SOTU, I get great overview of Obama and the Democrat’s plan . They synthesis their ideas on health-care, immigration, income inequality, opportunity for all, budgets, economic and financial growth stability and external politics. Democrats often express a aspiration toward equality, and giving help to the ones who need it. Through the voice of Obama, the Democrats are considering that the state of the union, thanks to it’s citizens, is strong.  As a proof that their policies are working, Obama presented some facts about the economy met in the past years:

  • More than 8 million new jobs were added.
  • The strongest farm exports in the history
  • Most fuel efficient cars
  • Economy growing and expanding after years of recession
  • A rebounding housing market
  • More oil produced at home
  • Budgets deficits cut by more than half
  • Corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher

The democratic approach to shaping up a country is progressing based on their ideas of not just a group getting to succeed, but the whole lot. It shows that as people, extra help than one self is needed, and that a push from the government can be very helpful. The democrats idea of opportunity for all creates a tighter knit society, a kind of “lean on each other” community.

Republican supporters and decision makers tend to be more ignorant of opportunities for the middle class and lower. Because they tend be the higher class, many of them find it hard to create some compromise that can reach out to many others. They often don’t experience the hardship that a struggling middle class person would. They tend to show support of individualism, and a little selfishness in that too. Unlike the Democrats, who are pushing the ideal that federal government can play a key role in increasing opportunities for all Americans including those who have been unable to benefit from the slow recovering economy, the Republicans talk of the idea of personal responsibility. They think every person should work hard, save, and should not expect help from any help of the government.  The Republicans are old supporters of lowering the taxes, considering that this will lead to their growth of wealth. They are also against raising the minimum wage considering that this will lead to the rising of unemployment rate. Regarding the immigration reform, they are against rewarding a path to citizenship and legality for the people who have broken the law, considering that amnesty. Regarding the health care, they fought to repeal it, considering that there is too much involvement from the government funds in order to sustain this kind of reform. More recently, they announced that they want to replace the health care with their own version.

The Tea Party goes farther than the Republicans, into thinking that the government is dysfunctional. They are calling for a new conservative agenda where they don’t see any important role for the government. I’m guessing that since the Tea Party is such an extreme branch of the Republican party, a lot of the people that are part of it can’t defend much beside their own little part of self interest. For example, since the party is so defined and detailed in what it whats, not giving much wiggle space, the supporters have few things that probably interest them in the party. They nod their head and go along with the rest. These kind of people don’t even look at giving any help to the classes around, they only say that they worked to reach their place and that they should be forced by government into laws that might help other.

Are the beliefs that differentiate so much when it comes to decision between Democrats and Republicans to blame for their non-agreements in passing laws for the benefit of the people? Is it just me or do both parties seems stubborn stiff on what they want, without a compromise? Their decisions to stick to their original plan can be cut down to their vulnerability, their stubbornness and their simple ways of feeling connected to one another. People might stick to a political party because it creates the feeling of security based on everyday decisions, and simple personality traits. They feel comfortable in that party because they can feel connected. For example, many rich people are associated with republicanism because it shows to support them more than any other party. Once they realize that association, they would stick with the Republican party because they feel like that’s where their kind of society is, and they want to feel accepted.

An agreement to the right decision is blocked by party biases a lot. A person will be against a Democratic idea because they are Republican (as studies have shown). The answer and the help we need lies beyond the political parties, but in people’s real opinions, reactions, and in a society where decision are shared and taken all behind one curtain.

Sources:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/07/actors-political-views-factor-for-moviegoers-study-finds/

http://bluestreetjournal.com/2013/03/13/the-social-psychology-of-political-parties-why-we-really-cant-all-just-get-along/

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/state-of-the-union-2014-cathy-mcmorris-gop-response-102772.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/28/tea-party-response_n_4681661.html

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