Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative. At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals. The study from the Journal of Research Into Personality isn't going to make the UC Berkeley professor who published it any friends on the right. Similar conclusions a few years ago from another academic saw him excoriated on right-wing blogs, and even led to a Congressional investigation into his research funding. But the new results are worth a look. In the 1960s Jack Block and his wife and fellow professor Jeanne Block (now deceased) began tracking more than 100 nursery school kids as part of a general study of personality. The kids' personalities were rated at the time by teachers and assistants who had known them for months. There's no reason to think political bias skewed the ratings Ă˘â‚¬â€ť the investigators were not looking at political orientation back then. Even if they had been, it's unlikely that 3- and 4-year-olds would have had much idea about their political leanings. emphasis added by me. http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Co...geid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1142722231554 *** This makes sense. A lot of conservatives are insecure people who to cover up that fact by acting tough from the comfort of their homes. While there are many brave conservatives, isn't it pretty obvious that people like Bush (who signed up, but intentionally avoided Vietnam), Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and others are sort of whiny loudmouths whose idea of courage is sending someone else off to die? Just look at the people on this board who whine about NEM and in months past Zuma, Seymour93, and others. Harry is constantly whining about liberals hating Bush. Most of the whining comes from conservatives, further supporting to the findings of the study. Fascinating.