This past week I’ve been working my way through a Clint Eastwood collection I bought on sale last week at Best Buy, so movies haven’t provided the source of humor they normally do. But, I haven’t needed turn to the silver screen to find a source of laughter. I just needed follow an “Incoming Link” on our dashboard to a left-wing blogger who tried to pillory a post of mine.
I don’t think his goal was to elicit peals of laughter from me. But, if it was, then, my hat’s off to him. He did a swell job. A Mr. Oliver Willis accused me of sounding “that old conservative woe-is-me song” for pointing out that “all too many [but fortunately not all] on the left seek to insult and otherwise strive to discredit conservatives rather than engage them on the level of ideas.”
While comparing conservatives to simians who hurl excrement, Willis called our ideas “the crazed rantings of lunatics” and defined conservatives by our most extreme elements. I won’t make the mistake of defining all liberals by Mr. Willis’s angry rant.
But, it’s that “woe-is-me” thing that’s kind of sticking in my craw. You see, it sounds kind of similar to an accusation a reader hurled against me in the comments section not even a week ago, accusing me of playing the victim.Â It’s something I got a lot when a left-wing blog linked a post I wrote about the intolerance some gay people harbor for gay conservatives.
What was funny was that, in that post, I wasn’t complaining about the intolerance of a man who proposed marriage to me on learning of my love for mythology, but refused to deal with me after learning of my politics. I was just using his intolerance as an example of a phenomenon in the gay community: the animus so many left-leaning gay people harbor against their conservative fellows.
One of the great good things about coming out as a gay conservative is that you get a pretty ready read on a person’s character. If you come out to a liberal and they act as did that man I briefly dated, then you know they have a pretty narrow view of the world and are likely not to open to those who differ from them on any number of other issues.
But, if they don’t hold your politics against you, then you know that this person has a high enough level of self-regard not to be threatened by difference. Such a person is likely to stand by you in difficult times. And truly appreciate you as an individual. Plus, he’d likely be a good intellectual sparring partner, with both you and he confident that an exchange of ideas won’t threaten the friendship.
So, when we point out that all many liberals (and not just gay liberals) are intolerant of and hostile to conservatives, we are not playing the victim card, we are pointing out a phenomenon of intellectual intolerance common in contemporary culture. Mr. Willis’s post is yet another example of his phenomenon. Merely by linking my post, he provided further evidence to support the very point I was making in the very passage he quoted.
And for that, I am most grateful.
FROM THE COMMENTS: “GPW, your critics are going to not understand you, no matter what you say or do. They are going to not understand, because they *want* to not understand.”