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A Democrat with Conservative Genes?

Genetics cause us to swing left or right.

by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
June 29, 2005

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A Democrat with Conservative Genes?
Recently, I heard a "political scientific study" that has to border on craziness, or does it. Your political views are based on your genes. Not your political party but your views. The report stated that the gut-level reaction to issues is strongly influenced by genetic inheritance. Why is it that I get a picture of a political version of "Bedtime for Bonzo" when I hear comments like that?
Of course the premise in the movie starring Ronald Reagan was that environment was more a factor than genetics in the raising of children. To prove it, Reagan's character, Professor Peter Boyd attempts to raise a monkey at home as a little boy. But back to the study.
Even though the study of issues leans toward genetic influences, our choice of political party is based on our environment. It seems as though this makes sense when you think that for decades geneticist have said that genes play a huge factor in our response to certain issues.
Researchers studied over 8,000 sets of twins to make their conclusions. They used 28 questions on issues and found that the position on political issues were similar. Some of the issues that were found to influenced by genetics were school prayer, military draft and taxes.
Now thinking like the Karl Rove's of the world (oh, please don't stay there too long), a detailed study of genetics could aid a campaign in where they will run issue ads. Forget zip code mailings. Folks with this gene will get a mailing about abortion. This other gene carrier will get a flyer focused on foreign policy. Imagine what Lee Atwater would have done with that information. Who would make the best campaign strategist, a political scientist or geneticist?
The gene thing could explain Sen. "give ‘em" Zell Miller. He claims he has had the same position for years and the Democratic Party has moved. The genes control the views but his environment put him in the wrong party. But the environment was so strong that he remains in the party with differing views.
Genetics. Environment. Maybe Professor Peter Boyd was on to something.

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