In his comment to my firsts post on Obama’s memorandum on hospital visitation, David wrote, “I knew you’d be against whatever Obama does so I wasn’t surprised.” Wonder how he knew that? Must not have been from checking our archives where I praised Obama here, here, here, here, here, here and here for the way he was going about repealing Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT).
(And those aren’t the only posts where I praised the president on DADT.)
David is not the only one of our critics to make assumptions which, with just a few keystrokes, he could have learned were false. In my post challenging our critics using the “self-hating” slur to defend themselves, Jennifer, one of the few such critics who kept her comments civil, wrote:
You are tolerated in the ranks only because you agree that you deserve the second-class legal status assigned to you by the conservative movement, and you know that if you stepped out of line on that one, you’d no longer be tolerated.
(And that wasn’t her only misrepresentation.) She could provide no evidence that conservatives would no longer welcome us if we “stepped out of line.” Well, we still get linked on conservative blogs and invited to conservative confabs even though this blog has opposed Proposition 8 and in spite of my writings in favor of civil unions and against Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT).
They have, as we’ve said before, this view of the Republican Party and conservative movement not based on their actual experiences at party meetings on in conservative gatherings, but based on what they read in the mainstream media and on left-wing blogs.
But the most delicious of all false assumptions came from a fellow styling himself Mr. Wonderful:
Bear in mind that Dan doesn’t think he’s self-loathing because he’s not aware of FEELING that way. Like all the fine folks on the right, he probably “doesn’t believe in” analysis, psycho-therapy, or any other kind of therapy.
This happily named narrow-minded man must certainly have missed all my posts referencing Carl Jung or was blind to the fact that I am completing a Ph. D. at a graduate school that, according to its website, offers “masters and doctoral degree programs framed in the traditions of depth psychology.” Indeed, the very diploma for my M.A. reads that my degree is in “Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology.” (Emphasis added.) Not just that, in the concluding chapters of my dissertation, I intend to offer a psychological interpretation of the goddess Athene’s role in guiding men in Greek myth.
Oh, and, I am well aware of the ability of psychoanalysis to treat depression.
These critics have made assumptions about us based not on what we have said, but on the type of people they assume us to be. I believe that’s what we call, “prejudice.” Here, let me look it up:
2 a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge b : an instance of such judgment or opinion c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics.
Yep, that kind of sums those critics’ attitudes toward us.