I think I'm right. They think they're righteous.
I think they're wrong. They think I'm evil.
Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe seems to agree with me.
Affirmative action, sex education, energy policy, family law, criminal procedure -- on issue after issue, people on the left are more likely to stress virtuous motives, while people on the right accentuate real-world outcomes...
Time and again, the pattern is clear: Liberals are galvanized by idealistic motives; conservatives find reality more persuasive.
This helps explain why the left is so often infatuated with the idea of its own benevolence -- and why liberals are so quick to accuse their opponents of being not just wrong, but wicked.