I wouldn't put @JulieW into the category of someone bringing everyone down around them in order to lift her self-esteem, far from it. I sometimes just think (and hopefully she will correct me) that many people of her generation have grown up on a diet of misinformation and bad news. I know as a child in the 70's the frequent messages I received about imminent nuclear destruction, or an invasion from China, or the absolute destruction of our environment due to pollution and over-population certainly had me worried and I was only a kid. These bad news stories were presented as certainties that could not be avoided unless governments took drastic action. What worried me the most as a 16 yo boy was the fear that if war did break out, I'd die a virgin. The only time I was ever told that the world is a better place than the one my parent's experienced at my age was when I was being admonished for whinging about having to go to school or not being allowed to do something. But I get your point, lefties do have a sense of moral righteousness.