Joe Biden yesterday defined much of current American politics in the simplest possible way.
"We choose truth over facts". Sounds utterly daft, because by definition, truth is fact, whereas "facts" that are not true aren't facts, but fiction. Nevertheless, it fits the extremist mindset perfectly. What is "true" is what conforms to how they think the world should be - whether or not the world really is that way. If it's not the way they want the world to be then, even if it's factually true, it's not "the truth" - which, of course, only they possess.
You can see that right now in the clamor for more gun control in the wake of the three mass shootings last week. Factual discussion of whether or not their proposals will actually work is neither here nor there - in fact, it's a waste of time. The extremists on both sides - those who want more gun control, and those who insist that not one more gun law is acceptable - all want it their way, and they want it now, and they refuse to even consider any alternative.
The moonbats on the left are as guilty of this as the wingnuts on the right. The neocons and ultra-nationalists on the right are just as ideologically hidebound and narrow-minded as the socialists and communists on the left. (And, of course, all extremists, of whatever ilk, are fundamentally untrustworthy. If someone can't even try to see the world through another person's eyes, or walk a mile in their shoes, they're unlikely to come up with solutions that work across the human, political, social and economic spectra.)
"We choose truth over facts." Sheesh!