Pavlov’s RepublicansJanuary 16, 2010 at 7:34 am | Posted in political commentary, Republicans | 7 Comments
Tags: anti-Obama, Christian right, conditioned response, hypocrisy, Pavlov, Pavlov's dog
I began with the assumption that everyone has heard of Pavlov’s dog – but it was only a momentary lapse – until I remembered we have no shortage of uninformed and/or mis-informed people , so click the link if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. The short version is that Pavlov rang a bell when he fed his dog, after a while the sound of the bell caused his dog to salivate. It’s called conditioned response.
I have come to believe that the sound of Obama’s voice (or the mention of his name) causes a similar response in members of the Republican cult party. If Obama promotes something the right wingers automatically oppose it. This automatic response is so ingrained that if I were Obama I would use it to my advantage. I know you’re going to roll your eyes and say I’m being silly, and too simplistic, but some of the garbage I’ve heard coming out of the mouths of the right is a good indication, to me, that we’re dealing with extremely simple minds. So yes, here is my simple solution. Reverse psychology. Need I say more?