I have long maintained that many conservatives are more fearful than liberals. For that reason, some of them regard Arabs, gays, blacks, Latinos, and even women as threats. I might add that conservatives will like the first page of the article, and find a number of the observations and study-results non-offensive, but this one was my favorite: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/index.php?term=pto-20061222-000001&page=2 "All people are born alikeâ€”except Republicans and Democrats," quipped Groucho Marx, and in fact it turns out that personality differences between liberals and conservatives are evident in early childhood. In 1969, Berkeley professors Jack and Jeanne Block embarked on a study of childhood personality, asking nursery school teachers to rate children's temperaments. They weren't even thinking about political orientation. Twenty years later, they decided to compare the subjects' childhood personalities with their political preferences as adults. They found arresting patterns. As kids, liberals had developed close relationships with peers and were rated by their teachers as self-reliant, energetic, impulsive, and resilient. People who were conservative at age 23 had been described by their teachers as easily victimized, easily offended, indecisive, fearful, rigid, inhibited, and vulnerable at age 3. The reason for the difference, the Blocks hypothesized, was that insecure kids most needed the reassurance of tradition and authority, and they found it in conservative politics.