I'm working on a couple of longer posts, but in the meantime, I had to reference this article in Forbes. Apparently, a University of Minnesota study found that our political values are mostly inherited. Interesting.
A while back, I wondered why the population should be so evenly split between the conservative and progressive worldviews. George Lakoff describes the worldviews as coming from either the "strict father" model or the "nurturing parent" model of family life. If these preferences for particular familial structures were hereditary, then my question about the closeness of the election would be one about the equality of genetic factors in the American electorate.
Are other countries less divided on their political values, and, if so, is it because the genetic predisposition to one value or the other is much more prevalent in their population?
More to the point, why would about 50% of Americans have blue genes?