On a thought about right-wingers and left-wingers in social settings. I am not sure how much of this is what i truly believe; parts of this are thoughts in progress.
Assuming they are not bigoted, everyone believes that everyone has the same potential, albeit in different areas. However, when dealing with the freeze-frame of where and who were are right now, both the right and left believe their group is better than the other, simply because of concious choice. The question is the focus.
The right wing believes the focus is on being better. That is, everyone starts off worse and the purpose of life is to become better, and then reap the very rewards that they have earned. The inferior group simply hasn't made it (yet), but avenues are open and welcome.
The left-wing believes the focus is on being worse. That is, everyone starts off (relatively) better and the purpose in life is to make sure we don't get worse. Though, they admit that by doing nothing people get worse automatically, and therefore require work to stay better. Thus, while rewards do go to the better naturally, they are not truly theirs, as they have not "earned" it. They just didn't "lose" them.
My personal feelings are left-wing. I even tell people that at heart i'm a Socialist. However, for two reason i do not politically go in that way. For one, i do not believe in forcing others to share this belief. I can advertise it, but not force it. As forcing it is contradicatory to the very belief that everyone is equal, and therefore their feelings--however incorrect they may be--are just as important as mine. Two, that to treat others as inferior is to disrespect them. I'd rather respect them and let them know that i believe that if they work hard they will be successful, as opposed to helping and saying "you're a loser, so i'm helping you."
In thought, the right-wing is better. It gives respect to each individual, and is true equality. You work, you gain. The major downfall is that it rejects reality. Some people do have better talents, and are thus more geared toward reaping those rewards. It is by no means an even playing field.
It therefore is only the centrists who believe in true equality. Nobody is better, and nobody is worse. They just are. And, possibly, we should only step in in the case of abuse. For even though people are who they are, circumstances that place things beyond the person's control remove some of that equality. However, this might have to work both ways, as long as it is outside the person's control. This though, seems the worst of all. Because without facing the reality that some are better and some are worse, it is unlikey that people ar helped at all. And that is simply bad news for the human condition.
In US politics, this makes about half the Republicans centrists, and the other half slightly right. The Democrats would be slightly left, and moderately left. The same can be seen in Israel. The Likud are mostly centrists and slightly right, where Labor is slightly and moderately left.
The main reason people call Republicans (or Likudnicks) rightists, is because they are to the right of the current center of the native populous. That is, people currently in the "Western" world tend to be slightly left. That makes the actual centrists into the "rightist", and the actual rightists into "wackos".
Given the leftward direction (slow as it may be). this may help explain why the media is considered left-wing. In reality it most definitely is left-wing, however, as the head of the train named culture, they are exactly what the people want. Some people are just a bit scared before they get there, though they will be mollified at the next stop.