While our initial reaction might be to laugh, it would be wrong to mock members of the Tea Party for something they may have little control over. According to an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Goal Auzeen Saedi, conservative beliefs are directly correlated to I.Q. The lower the I.Q. the more likely the person will be conservative. Saedi points to a 2012 study that demonstrates distinct correlations between racism, homophobia and low I.Q. Essentially, “for those who lack a cognitive ability to grasp [the] complexities of our world, strict-right wing ideologies may be more appealing.”
Therefore, while our initial reaction may be to mock the dumb Tea Partier, or more specifically, the tens of thousands of dumb Tea Partiers, it may be better to show them sympathy. Instead of laughing at them, try giving them a sympathetic smile and in very small words explain to them that the President was born in Hawaii which is a part of the very same country they live in. Then explain that Ebola is an incurable virus that only attacks people who watch Fox News. Hey, we need to have a little fun!
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