In Megillat Esther, Mordechai is described as an איש ימיני, a right-winger. Why does he feel it necessary to defend his political positions in his megillah?
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If the left wingers of his day were anything like the left wingers of our day, they would have been pushing to assimilate into the Persian society of their time. Like J Street nowadays, they complained that he should have bowed to Haman and not insisted on being religious. They also complained that he caused anti-Semitism by not surrendering to the cultural superstitions of their day.
Immediately preceding that he is described as a בן יאיר, a son of your ear. If so, you may have thought he's a socialist, as he wants your ear. Ka mashma lan איש ימיני. If so, what does בן יאיר mean? It must refer to the fact that he was a prominent member of the Sanhedrin, and, as such, always had people's ears when he spoke.
It's pretty simple, actually.
He's a "right" winger, meaning that his politics and the way he did things were "right" meaning "correct". He was looking out for the king's best interests. (He saved the king's life, afterall.)
In contrast, Haman was wrong. By attempting to destroy the Jews, he would have severed a significant source of the king's income. He wasn't looking after the king's interest. He was wrong and, therefore got "LEFT" over on a tree.