Our liberals have been called “the French within.” And I found a study that gives this label some substance. Let’s first start by making the easily observable and fairly safe generalization that liberals keep the anti-depressant business humming more than conservatives do. So then add this from the study: “The French consume more medications than any other nation in Europe. Pharmaceuticals account for 21 percent of the country’s total spending on health, compared with 12.4 percent in the US and 14 percent in Germany, according to OECD figures. A government study earlier this year found that the French take nearly four times more tranquilizers than their neighbors, and that 350 people a day are hospitalized due to toxic interactions between prescription drugs.”