Does the American right know that in the political context, right does not mean correct?
Preacher and theologian, Jim Wellis wrote an interesting book in 2006 that tackles at least on part of this question. It’s title is God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, and it’s well worth reading. But I wonder if the terms left and right are harmful to our political discourse well beyond the wrongs of the “religious” right. When used in a political context, left and right have nothing to do with direction, correctness, or being right there as opposed to having left the building.
The terms originated during the French Revolution of 1789 when supporters of the King’s divine right to rule sat on the right side of the National Assembly while the populists of the proletariat took up the left side of the chair. So the origin of political right is not correct or right there but royalists favoring the divine rights of an unelected, elite minority to permanently rule over the unwashed masses.
How many Americans who self identify with the right today know this? How many actually think that right in a political context actually means correct, no matter what policy the right may advance? When it comes to things like the notion of deliberately defaulting on the National Debt, this question really matters.