Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ann Coulter - the ugly face of republicanism

You know, in some ways I feel sorry for Ann Coulter. How did she become a person whose only mission in life is (apparently) to spread hate and lies, and to sew mistrust and division instead of tolerance and understanding? How empty must her soul be, to exist within a woman who makes her living in such a mean-spirited and ugly way?

If Ann Coulter represents America, then it's no wonder that most of the rest of the world wants nothing to do with America and all it stands for. And if Ann Coulter is simply the ugly face of American Republicans, is it any wonder that a majority of Americans decided to vote them out in the mid-term elections?

"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word "faggot"... kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards."

And what of her audience at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington, DC? Who after a delightedly horrified "ooohhhh!" and a sharp intake of breath proceeded to cheer, applaud and woohoo her enthusiastically? What of these equally ugly and mean-spirited people?

Conservative Political Action? Who are they? What do these people do? How empty are their souls? Do they have an ounce of compassion or caring within them, or are they all just too busy hurling (what they believe are) insults at anyone who doesn't subscribe to their hate-filled worldview?

It's pathetic.

Calling someone a "faggot" is what kids do in the schoolyard. It's not exactly the way that most grown-ups behave. Most of us have got beyond the name-calling and the petty bullying - if we ever did it in the first place.

It seems that Ms Coulter has never moved beyond that point. In fact she's made a career out of behaving like a schoolyard bully - and to me that shows a complete lack of maturity, and also a complete inability to argue a case (any case!) on its merits.

If you've got no decent arguments or rationale with which to back up your beliefs and/or actions, maybe all you've got left is the ever more pathetic and sad little tirade of what you consider to be "insults" against anyone who doesn't agree with you.

What's even more pathetic is the use of the word "faggot" in the first place. Real world to Ann: calling someone gay or unmanly isn't an insult. It's simply rather sad, and only serves to demonstrate the small-mindedness of the person doing the name-calling. There's nothing wrong with being gay - although Ann herself does seem a tad obsessed with it. I love this quote from The Nation:

So Ann Coulter called John Edwards a "faggot." All this proves is that the woman's gaydar is seriously on the fritz. Last year she diagnosed Bill Clinton as a "latent homosexual" whose "promiscuity" is "reminiscent of a bathhouse." Then on Hardball she called Al Gore a "total fag." Meanwhile, Ted Haggard and Mark Foley stage 120 Days of Sodom right under her nose, and all she can say when confronted with the goods is "who knew Congressman Foley was a closeted Democrat?"

It occurs to me that I cannot think of a single example of a politician or commentator from the Left who has ever or who would ever stoop to this type of petty name-calling, this mean-spirited and ugly behaviour. Not one. And yet the Right is full of them. Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Pat Buchanan, KSFO and all the other right-wing hate radio stations, the Swift-Boaters - the list goes on and on.

Coulter, for example, has even attacked 9/11 widows, describing them as being "self-obsessed" and enjoying their husbands' deaths. She said:

"These broads [the "Jersey Girls" - a group of New Jersey widows whose husbands perished in the World Trade Center] are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband's death so much."

What a nasty piece of work this woman is. Even some of the right-wingers can't stand her.

John Edwards responded to Coulter with the following statement:

"Ann Coulter's use of an anti-gay slur yesterday was un-American and indefensible," he said. "In America, we strive for equality and embrace diversity. The kind of hateful language she used has no place in political debate or our society at large. I believe it is our moral responsibility to speak out against that kind of bigotry and prejudice every time we encounter it."

Now go read this: The right wing's summer of hate.

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