Welcome Instapundit Readers!Â While you’re here, you may want to check out my latest on the president’s stimulus package, The Democrats Must be Crazy, or my post contending that the former president was not polarizing, but his election was because some on the left (including many in the MSM) refuse to accept that the American people could elect a Republican chief executive.
Something just occurred to me as I was going through the comments in our spam filter.Â Oftentimes, I find “hate” comments, ad hominem attacks on us, trapped amidst the sex ads.Â To be sure I also find legitimate commentary from critics as well as supporters in that file.*
By a margin of at least 19-1, those hate comments come from angry leftists calling us “self-hating,” delusional or whatnot, mean-spirited attacks on us, our party, its leaders or gay Republicans in general.Â To be sure, occasionally, I have found mean-spirited missives from anti-gay social conservatives (the 1 (or smaller) in the ratio above).
And that’s what struck me. Â We get linked far more often by conservative sites (as we did from Instapundit today) than we do by gay (or liberal) ones.Â And yet we get more hate comments from the left, particularly the gay left, a left which constantly derides Republican and their social conservative allies as “haters.”Â Indeed, some of them call the GOP the “Party of Hate.”
If conservatives were truly the part of hate, shouldn’t we then get more hate comments from anti-gay social conservatives.
But, maybe they’re just not as mean-spirited as the left contends.
Perhaps, those angry voices on the left call us haters for the same reason they so regularly profess that we venerate George W. Bush while they soon over his successor.Â They draw the notion of our hatred from their own psyches, seeing in our behavior what they actually feel, though, of course, they direct their feelings toward different “targets.”
——-*Please note that if you try to post a comment and it does not appear right away, it is likely due to the caprice of that filter.Â (Somtime it seems it is trying to take over the blog.) For while it does hold some hate comments, it also contains words defending our posts, so please e-mail me if yours gets caught so I can review it and (in most cases) approve it.
As I wrote out the initial draft of this post in a matter of minutes, not expecting it to get much attention beyond our loyal band of readers, I was surprised and pleased by the Instalink.Â Because of the added attention this drew, I cleaned it up a bit, improving its flow, but not altering its content.