In studying the digestive systems in mammals, Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov made an important discovery about canine reflexes:
. . . he struck a bell when the dogs were fed. If the bell was sounded in close association with their meal, the dogs learnt to associate the sound of the bell with food. After a while, at the mere sound of the bell, they responded by drooling.
Just as these dogs respond by drooling to the mere sound of a bell, so do some on the left, particularly the gay left, respond to the mere sound of the descriptors, “gay conservative” or “gay Republicans.”Â As soon as they hear these words, they shout “self-loathing,” “self-hating,” calling those defined by said descriptors the equivalent to “Jewish Nazis” or “black Klansman.”
So Pavlovian is their response, it’s almost like a comedy routine.
The other day Bruce alerted me to a comment on a blog linking my first piece on the Iowa marriage decision.Â I laughed out loud when I read the latest left-wing response to our ideas.Â While often claiming to be more intelligent than their conservative counterparts, many on the left insist on insulting conservatives rather than addressing our points.Â (Please note that this does not apply to all of our critics as, in the comment thread to my post, a number offered thoughtful counterarguments in a civil tone.)
As I consider the Pavlovian response of all too many critics of gay conservatives, I better understand Barney Frank’s preference of insult to argument when addressing his adversaries.Â It’s just part of the political culture in which he was brought up.