Both sides claim to be morally superior to the other, while holding diametrically opposed moral views. It is impossible for both to be objectively correct, and a lt of people have this idea that the “other side” secretly knows they’re in the wrong and only maintain their incorrect moral stances because they don’t want to admit defeat. This is reductive, as it assumes that everyone knows what is morally just, but half the country chooses not to do this; in reality, both sides wholeheartedly believe that they are right, and everything they do is internally consistent if you view it from their perspective (that is not to say that they ARE morally right, just that they believe they are).
The Left wants what is right for everyone; the needs of the many. From their perspective, the morally just thing is to take a step back and see what option would benefit the most people, even if it is strategically disadvantageous to themselves in the moment.
The Right wants what is right for the Right; the needs of the few. From their perspective, everyone who is not one of them is wrong and incapable of being right, otherwise they would already be one of them. To take this a step further, the Right thinks they are incapable of being wrong, so no amount of evidence will get them to change their minds. They are steadfast in their beliefs.
The Left thinks that the best version of society exists thirty years from now; they look forward, they strive to make change, they think the worst is behind us.
The Right thinks the best version of society existed thirty years ago; they look back, they want to recapture a so-called “greatness” that has been lost with time, they think the worst is yet to come.
Let’s choose a specific topic to examine the differences. Let’s start with something small, like abortion, because that’s a totally noncontroversial subject.
The Right thinks that abortion is baby murder; they think that getting an abortion is equivalent of a parent smothering a defenseless toddler. They think that abortions are performed on women who hate children and are too lazy and irresponsible to be a parent; in the eyes of the Right, being anti-abortion makes sense because they cannot fathom any other reasoning behind why such a procedure exists.
The Left doesn’t view abortion as a matter of life and death, but as a matter of choice; every woman has a right to choose what happens to their body. Their fathers and their husbands can’t make decisions on their behalf, so why should a fetus be able to? Why does a fetus have more say over a woman’s body than the woman? Women don’t have abortions because they want to kill babies, as the Right believes, they have abortions for any number of medical reasons (some are literally life threatening; the woman may die if she carries the baby to term, so why is the hypothetical baby’s life valued more than hers?) If men could get pregnant, if men could have unwanted entities surgically implanted in them, there would be no opposition to allowing their removal; but woman are not given this same protection if they can’t have abortions.