Matthew Yglesias nails it.
The left doesn't hate this country as the right loves to claim, rather, unlike the right, the left believes in this country and its institutions. Civil rights and a free population are needed in order to have security.
The right seems to be convinced that we citizens of the US are in constant, immediate mortal danger because of the countries dedication to civil rights.
The left believes that our national security is excellent and that our dedication to civil rights is an essential part of that security.
The right wing seems to be driven by fear, panic and cowardice.
The Washington Monthly
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