A quick thought to add to the ongoing discusson:

That people don’t just define themselves by what they are, they define themselves by what they’re not. So as we’re talking about what our particular tribe’s attributes are, we need to be thinking about the kind of distinction made, like that during the lead-up to the war, Republicans’ dominant thing was, “Well, I’m patriotic.” With the and what the fuck are you, you lily-livered liberal woman heavily implied by that.

In defining yourself, you also define your opposition.