"To justify economic inequalities, a person could support the idea of meritocracy, in which people supposedly move up their economic status in society based on hard work and good performance. In that way, one's social class attainment, whether upper, middle or lower, would be perceived as totally fair and justified."
Note the word "supposedly" interjected in the above quotation from the article by Jeanna Bryner of LiveScience.com. This is one way to say "the whole idea (merit based achievement) is bogus" without openly putting it into print.
Liberals don't have the rationalization resources of conservatives and therefore have to bear the full load of guilt for others lack of achievement...
"Our research suggests that inequality takes a greater psychological toll on liberals than on conservatives," the researchers write in the June issue of the journal Psychological Science, "apparently because liberals lack ideological rationalizations that would help them frame inequality in a positive (or at least neutral) light."
Now, I bring this article up because I have become critical when I hear our anointed ones preaching unhappiness from the pulpit. I have even tried going positive in hopes of being an instrument of change. Alas, this research suggests I am doomed to failure as unless we can help the poor, sad liberals to rationalize away their concerns and join us in conservative bliss, they will never experience joy. Let's analyze this further. I must be rationalizing in some way. Hmmm... sad liberal Episcopalians...help...I've got it, in typical conservative rationalization, "They must help themselves!" But you reply, "How can they pick themselves up by their bootstraps?" "You can't expect them to do it by themselves?"
The answer is "With the Lord's help, they can do it." Indeed the Bible's tales of resurrection, redemption, freedom, grace, faith, hope, and charity are wonderfully positive messages. Preach the Gospel, be positive even when exposing painful truths. Take a conservative stance, people will be happier! We are not abandoning the despondent liberals by taking a conservative stance. Rather, I would rationalize that we are just trying to rescue them from their sorrow.