It's all selective perception...Pathos and Ethos.
I don't think Aikido is "misunderstood" and I have allot of experience with it's "effectiveness"
I also think that most of the folks here understand what those two "terms" mean for them and they don't have to jibe with mine...
It took a few years...but when it comes to most Bulshido Posters and some folks here I think Herbert Spencer said it best..
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation."
I don't know about you but the one thing I enjoy about Aikido is the fact I still have so much to "understand."