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You're assuming that one's political views should reflect one's self-interest. I think it's morally consistent to hold to principles even when they don't benefit you; it's not necessarily evidence of political trickery at work.

I think too many people think the is a difference between self-interest and morality. They are one in the same. For example, you could say helping spread wealth to the poor is not in your self-interest, but it is morally appealing to you. But that is wrong, if it appeals to your morals for whatever reason (you like helping people, you think it will create a better world, you think everyone deserves more opportunity) then it is clearly also in your self interest. (although not immediately apparent, as it means less wealth for you).

The issue here is that the political parties seem to have a "tribal" divide, where parties on both ends refuse to acknowledge that the other side may be doing things according to their ideology, simply because it is the other side...

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