Hubris can be defined as overbearing pride, arrogance, and insolence. Right-wingers love to boast about their love for our country. Their “love” takes the form of extreme nationalism. In their eyes, anyone who says anything bad about our country is un-American. When Obama admitted to our foreign policy mistakes, right-wingers were outraged.
The truth is, Republican foreign policies have been disastrous for not only Iraq, but for our country. Not only has it cost the lives of 100s of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of our troops, but it has cost about the same as what the proposed health care reform will cost (about a trillion dollars). War profiteering has created multi-millionaires while the military has fought without armor that could have saved lives.
Right-wingers know deep down that Republican policies have failed our country but they are emotionally tied to their political party, which creates an inferiority complex. To compensate, they claim valid news sources are biased and the only “truth” comes from Fox News and other right-wing sources that provide facts that fit their ideology.
With spun history, Reagan was a great and beloved president who single-handedly brought down the Soviet Union and who’s economic policies saved our economy. The facts are contrary to those beliefs, though. The U.S.S.R. was on it’s way down during the 70s and didn’t actually fall until George H.W. Bush’s presidency. Reagan’s trickle down economics didn’t work. The unemployment rate during his first term was higher than under Carter’s presidency and was mediocre at best during his second term, which was probably due more to the mini tech boom than to any government policies. Reagan also tripled the U.S. debt — something that right-wingers seem to ignore when ranting about Obama’s policies.
Right-wingers also tend to be religious. Since there is no proof and little evidence outside of some books written almost 2,000 years ago of the existence of God, and the belief that Jesus was born of a virgin mother and that he rose from the grave would be considered insane were it not accepted by so many. We’ve all known people who think they’re somehow special because of their religion. We have the righteous right going around trying to convert everyone to their irrational thinking.
There is doubt among those who accept anything purely on faith that they might be wrong. With doubt comes anger and insecurity. And an inferiority complex. To compensate, they try to eliminate anything that contradicts their beliefs. We see this in the town hall meetings regarding health care reform. Right-wingers don’t have the facts on their side so they resort to anger and screaming. It also justifies (in their eyes) things like the Bush v. Gore decision, which probably posed a greater risk to our democracy than anything in the history of the United States.
Obama has been ridiculously compared to Hitler since talks of health care reform started. But there are remarkable similarities to right-wingers here and those who made it possible for Hitler to rise to power. (Before right-wingers spew out their talking points… No, National Socialism is not the same as Marxism.) In Germany before WWII, the Jews were the over-achievers. They ran businesses, created art, were some of the top scientists, bankers, etc… which was contrary to the German’s belief of Aryan supremacy. That was their justification for eliminating the Jewish population. When Nazi Germany began to fall, they stepped up the murders of the Jews rather than putting all their efforts into fighting the war.
When Hitler became Chancellor, the first thing he did was take over the media. Facts and reporting were replaced with right-wing propaganda. There was already widespread antisemitism — not only in Germany, but in Austria, Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, etc… — countries that were so easily defeated by the Nazis.
Right-wingers in the U.S. seek to destroy liberals because liberals invalidate right-wingers beliefs of superiority. Merely gaining power isn’t enough. As we saw when Republicans controlled all three branches of government, there was still the constant steam of venom directed at Democrats.
And there is also the factor of our failed economy, which will be addressed in another post.