Cognitive dissonance explains a lot about the way we perceive political ideas. For example, the Republicans are now complaining that Obama could lower gas prices, and simply isn't doing so. Under GWB, Democrats said the exact same thing about Bush's not wanting to lower taxes! Whatever the facts point to is irrelevant; cognitive dissonance will take over whether we are GOP or Democrat!! We do not even know we do this! Perhaps if we understood this psychological phenomenon, we could get along better across party lines. At least we could stop blaming each other for the same things we each blamed each other for in the past for the same reason!
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