Bad Faith? Good Faith? No Faith.
Your political worldview invariably comes down to whether you think the point of politics is to be right, or to win.
Being right – winning the argument, taking the crown in the so-called marketplace of ideas – has long been the goal of the American center-left. The facts will prevail, the thinking goes. Truth will win out. Because, you see, people are rational and inherently good. They act in self interest. We'll call this Leslie Knope syndrome.
Then there's winning, long the goal of the American right wing. They're good at winning because they see politics as a means to an end. The right uses politics to grab power and wield it with total indifference for their enemies. The right consolidates power quickly and without apology. It's why some states, including Wisconsin, can no longer be considered democracies in any sense of the word. We'll call this Patrick Bateman syndrome.
And so we have this matchup, time and time and time again, in American political battles: Leslie Knope vs. Patrick Bateman. Knope's pristine good faith doesn't stand a chance against the revving chainsaw of Bateman's bad faith.