It may be helpful to start with who this site is not about:
- This site is not about the entire Republican Party. Though we are concerned that much of the republican party is increasingly controlled by those who want to take advantage of conservative psychology (more later), we know that much of the party is not.
- This site is also not about fiscal conservatives, those who thoughtfully and insightfully understand economics and the financial world well enough to have adopted conservative views about how the government should manage its money, and/or who feel that the best solutions often lie in the private sector, rather than the public sector where things tend to be more expensive and perhaps less effective.
- Finally, this site is not about social conservatives, those who have arrived at their moral decisions based on an assessment of their own inner ideals and beliefs.
In other words, we respect and invite those with more traditional conservative views to join us, and we have contributors who have similar views.
This site is about those who seem driven not by informed philosophies that can be backed by specific knowledge and experience, but rather by a psychology that leaves them both inflexible and unable to back their opinions with anything more than generalities and exaggeration. These individuals have a need rather than a belief, and conservative thinking fulfills that need. Many of those who this site is about seem to be soothed by passing along the like-minded opinions of others and by hearing from only those they agree with in the media. Hearing opposing opinions is threatening to these individuals rather than an enjoyable and thoughtful pursuit.
These conservatives, who we call “entrenched conservatives” are driven by a strong need for order, closure, and predictability.
These entrenched conservatives prefer black and white thinking, and decisive leaders over “thinkers”. Thus the leaders they choose may tend to be inflexible and themselves unwilling to compromise. They often fear that a powerful entity will come along and create disorder and uncertainty. They feel comforted when another person agrees with them, and threatened when someone disagrees. We are not merely using conjecture here, conservative psychology research has borne out what we are saying.
The above psychological makeup in bold would not necessarily be a bad thing, and is likely shared to some degree by everyone on the political spectrum as we explore on our page about “The Conservative Pull“. However, our focus is on those conservatives who are so entrenched in this psychology that they are unable to think freely about political issues; Instead they are trapped within their need to maintain intrapersonal harmony. Sadly, we will also discuss how this group of right wing conservatives in no longer a fringe group, and may even become a majority of the Republican Party due to unique societal factors in the 21st century. Finally, we will discuss a conservative denial cycle that shows how some business and special interest groups are taking advantage of this psychology to push certain agendas, such as the denial of global warming.
Our concern is that this conservative psychology may be creating lasting harm by limiting debate and compromise. Entrenched conservatives are driving anti-science stances, rigid economic policies, and potentially overly aggressive foreign policy. Our hope is that republicans who are driven by reason and thoughtfulness will take back their party so that we can have honest debate and discussion no matter how strongly they feel about Republican ideals. The fact that the GOP is increasingly being controlled by special interests who are pumping money into election campaigns that manipulates the psychology of entrenched conservatives is bad for the party, and also bad for our country.