Every now and again, we get a left-wing reader who will offer regular comments, telling us exactly what Republicans and conservatives think. When we try to correct him (it’s invariabily a “him”) by articulating our point of view, even linking pieces that we have posted on this blog–or on other right-of-center blogs, it is to no avail. He has his set view of the GOP, drawn mostly from the “reporting” on MSNBC and the coverage on leftist blogs.
I’ve realized now that it makes no sense to engage these people. They’ll frequent conservative blogs, chiming in as often as their free time allows, but pay little heed to our arguments. They have a set view of the world which even reality cannot correct. These are the type of people who will claim up and down that Obama never said this or never said that, and when provided video or a transcript of the Democrat saying just this or just that will hold forth that he misspoke.
Well. on Sunday, I came face to face with just such a liberal. This man was convinced that anti-gay attitudes would end if the Republican Party stopped promoting them. I hated to tell him this, while, the GOP may from time to time appeal to social conservatives by opposing policies popular among the gay left (and even the gay middle and right), our party is not the source of such attitudes. And this won’t go often, even if the GOP (as I long have advocated) avoids gay issues altogether.
Some people see the GOP as institution designed primarily to please the straight white male status quo and subjugate all people who are different. They are as clueless about the GOP as James Dobson is about gay people.
And when those with such an attitude publicly demonize the GOP, all they do is flaunt their ignorance, ironically in an attempt to show their intellectual (and moral) superiority to the rest of us. Or to cement kinship with their fellow leftists, by denouncing the devil of their shared faith.