Just over four months ago, when Instapundit linked a piece where I asked “If Iraq is like Vietnam, how come the rallies keep getting smaller?, we received a record number of comments — and not just from those who agreed with the post. We attracted a number of critics, many of whom expressed their disagreement in less-than-civil tones. And I saw an uptick in the amount of hate mail I received. The same thing happened again last week when Glenn linked my post on the Canadian elections. We got a lot more comments and I got a little more hate mail.
Yet, whenever, Glenn links Gateway Pundit whom he seems to link at least once a week (and for good reason), that apparently straight blogger never seems to attract the number of comments we do. And he gets approximately six times as many daily visits as do we. In a post where Instapundit linked both of us, we received three times as many comments as did Gateway. From his most recent Insta-link, Gateway (at the time of this writing) received only three comments.
And that got me thinking. Earlier this month, I had read Michelle Malkin‘s book, Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild wherein this woman (who happens to be Asian) shared some of the nasty e-mails she has received from her critics on the far left. A number made derogatory references to her ethnicity, calling her a “yellow woman” and “gook” who “ought to be shot between those Viet Cong eyes!”
I wondered if this reason that we attract more nasty comments (than does Gateway) is the same that Michelle seems to attract so much hate-mail — that “moonbats” get particularly agitated by “minority” conservatives, that it upsets their view of the world when gay people and Asians refuse to join some “coalition of the oppressed” in speaking out against conservatives. They would rather all conservatives be white Christian men so they could more easily dismiss our ideas.
Given that Gateway appears to be such a fellow, he doesn’t get the left-wing’s goat as do we and Michelle. Black conservatives are called Uncle Toms. A feminist icon called a Republican woman senator “a female impersonator.” If our more angry adversaries aren’t telling us gay conservatives are like Jewish Nazis, they’re calling us “self-loathing” as did a critic who recently e-mailed me. It does seem that we “minority” conservatives attract moonbats like moths to the flame.
Perhaps it’s that they refuse to understand that many of us don’t see ourselves as members of a minority group, but as individuals who happen to differ in one way or another from the great majority of our fellow citizens, individuals who find that, by and large, most conservatives aren’t bothered by that difference. While that difference may impact our world view in one way or another, it isn’t the defining factor.
Or perhaps they get so upset because the mere notion of a member of a supposedly persecuted group backing what they see as the ideology of the oppressor makes it less easy for them to dismiss that “ideology.” The fact that minorities take conservative positions means that such ideas aren’t as narrow as many on the left believe them to be. Instead of undertaking the intellectually challenging task of grappling with our ideas, they choose instead to define us to fit their own narrow world view, ignoring our arguments and insulting each one of us.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com