I've said it before: Most of right-wing ideology has little to do with policy or opinions or facts or anything like that. It has to do with pure tribalism, with a near-constant thread of victim mentality running through it.
The most predominant mentality in right-wing discourse finds expression in this form: "I am part of/was born into Group X, and Group X -- my group -- is better than all others yet treated so very unfairly." This claim persists -- indeed, is often intensified -- even when Group X is clearly the strongest, most privileged and most favored group. So intense is their need for self-victimization -- so inebriating is their self-absorption and so lacking are they in any capacity for empathy -- that, for all the noise and rhetoric, the arguments they make virtually always have this tribalistic self-absorption at its core.
It’s not about us. The rule of thumb that states that if a bunch of right wing nuts get up in an outrage tizzy about something, one should be especially cautious about agreeing works here. Think of the Iraq War, and how taking right wing arguments on good faith made a lot liberals look incredibly stupid, and learn.(...)Conservatives are crying for Obama to make this all about the U.S. for a lot of reasons, but right at the top of the list is they really can’t stand to believe that something may not be about them, or that they don’t have a god-given right to control other people’s affairs and decisions for them. And, as Jesse has been saying, the delicacy of the situation really requires the maturity to stand back a little and avoid throwing a giant temper tantrum about how this entire Iran situation should be ours to control and own.