We're also hearing, again, from all the usual suspects in the liberal media, that a falling crime rate means Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are misguided in their tough-on-crime policies.
That's ridiculous. The fact the crime rate fell a few points last year -- as it's been doing all over North America since 1991 -- means nothing to the victims of violent crime or their families.
It doesn't excuse a criminal justice system, which the Conservatives are trying to fix, that in far too many cases gives more rights to the perpetrators of violent crimes than their victims.
It's apparent that Conservatives think differently than Liberals do (meaning the reverse is equally true). There are a multitude of factors both genetic and experiential that lead to these differences of opinion. 16 peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated how these differences manifest themselves physiologically.
I've taken the liberty of posting the cited conclusions pertinent to this SUN article below:
10. Conservatism is focused on preventing negative outcomes, while liberalism is focused on advancing positive outcomes.
12. Compared to liberals, conservatives are less open to new experiences and learn better from negative stimuli than positive stimuli.
15. When faced with a conflict, liberals are more likely than conservatives to alter their habitual response when cues indicate it is necessary.