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Part of the problem here is we’re stuck with old political labels. Various factions have moved back and forth between political parties until somewhat recently – The GOP’s new fake racial history

Throughout the ’50s and early ’60s, Southern Democrats sat in political limbo. Their national brethren were inching their way toward a full-on embrace of civil rights, but the GOP wasn’t much of an alternative, not with Dwight Eisenhower endorsing integration and not with the party’s Northern-dominated congressional ranks strongly backing civil rights legislation.

1964, though, is what changed everything. In signing the Civil Rights Act, LBJ cemented the Democrats as a civil rights party. And in nominating anti-civil rights Barry Goldwater for president (instead of pro-civil rights Nelson Rockefeller) the GOP cast its future fortunes with the white electorate of the South. LBJ trounced Goldwater nationally that fall, winning more than 60 percent of the popular vote. But in the South, voters flocked to the Republican nominee, with Goldwater carrying five states in the region. Mississippi, the same state that had given FDR 97 percent of its votes 28 years earlier, now gave Goldwater 87 percent. That fall, Thurmond, now a senator, renounced his Democratic affiliation once and for all and signed up for Goldwater’s GOP. The realignment was well underway, and it had everything to do with race.

All of this, mind you, happened before Barbour — who claims that his generation led the South’s migration to the GOP for non-racial reasons — was old enough to vote. And while it did take a few decades to solidify the South as a top-to-bottom GOP stronghold, you can draw a straight line from the GOP’s embrace of Goldwater and his segregationist allies in ’64 through Richard Nixon’s Thurmond-aided Southern Strategy and Ronald Reagan’s 1980 embrace of “states’ rights” in Philadelphia, Miss., and to the present day, when Republican candidates routinely win 85 percent of the white vote in statewide elections in the Deep South.

We don’t do history in the USA where yahoos like Glenn Beck and Alaska senatorial candidate Joe Miller has said Social Security insurance is unconstitutional. Maybe he scanned the Constitution once while in the bath room and there was nothing else to read, but he certainly has never read the history  SCOTUS decisions on the commerce clause and the general welfare clause. According to a recent survey two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court Justice. So if Barbour wants to rewrite the history of civil rights one can expect him to have some success. Ethics frequently get trampled in the name of ideology. The sad part is so many people are willing enablers.

Kansas State research project offers insight into superstitious behavior

People who believe that fate and chance control their lives are more likely to be superstitious — but when faced with death they are likely to abandon superstition altogether, according to a recent Kansas State University undergraduate research project.

[  ]…For the project, “Re-Examining the Form and Function of Superstition,” the team defined superstition as the belief in a casual relationship between an action, object, or ritual and an unrelated outcome. Such superstitious behavior can include actions like wearing a lucky jersey or using good luck charms.

After performing two studies, the researchers developed three reasons for superstitious behavior: individuals use superstitions to gain control over uncertainty; to decrease feelings of helplessness; and because it is easier to rely on superstition instead of coping strategies.

“People sometimes fall back on their superstitions as a handicap,” Saucier said. “It’s a parachute they think will help them out.”

This is likely one of the major reasons why facts, graphs, scientific data just don’t penetrate the minds of some people. Beliefs are like mental kevlar vests.

“We theorized that when people thought about death, they would behave more superstitiously in an effort to gain a sense of control over it,” Fluke said. “What we didn’t expect was that thinking about death would make people feel helpless — like they cannot control it — and that this would actually reduce their superstitious belief.”

If this last part is true that follows the traditional five stages of death – in the last stage the person accepting the inevitability and loss of control over the outcome.

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