Hey, gun nuts and others on the right: do you hear yourselves talking?
Of course not. These are scared, petty people who pretend that they aren’t the pawns of the oligarchs for whom they (unwittingly) bid for.
These are people stewed in Ronald Reagan’s denial. Not only do they support politics which is harmful to themselves, but they are actively ignorant of their narcissism. Participation in democracy to them is staging Lord Of The Flies without any other players’s consent. They have been ponerized to erode our commonwealth. They have been trained to despise people by demagogues who have turned in to abstractions (consider how the words liberal and socialist are used as epithets and used as synonyms by right-wing extremists while they lack the capacity to explain the difference between the two), so there for they worship inanimate objects that give these scared people power - the firearms that give them the power to inflict pain and death if they chose to use them.
For them to admit a mistake, to truly engage in dialogue where they may have to contemplate a new idea, to show regret, remorse, compassion, empathy, etc. would be the destruction of their raison d’etre and to have to face the identity crushing truth that they are as powerless and as vulnerable as anyone they have repressed with their ideology.
They are not born psychopaths but they have been ponerized. They have been so heavily influenced by psychopathic thinking that they now also act psychopathically too. For many, it’s join the club or be forever excluded. In a pathocracy, NOT acting this way will get you in trouble or broke.
Scalia’s cafeteria constitutionalism, in which he picks and chooses the laws he ideologically agrees with and ignores the ones he doesn’t, was never on better display than in Monday’s SCOTUS decisions. In the world according to Scalia, Arizona has the rights to patrol its own borders associated with a sovereign state, but Montana must bow to federal power when it comes to obeying Citizens United (the state’s 100-year-old campaign finance law was enacted free its citizens from the corrupt control of mining interests). Or as Harold Meyerson put it in the Washington Post, “You’re sovereign when Scalia agrees with you; you’re nothing when he doesn’t.”