I wrote this in 2007 during the run-up to US elections.
Here are a few things Ann Coulter was quoted as saying:
“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women. It also makes the point, it is kind of embarrassing, the Democratic Party ought to be hanging its head in shame, that it has so much difficulty getting men to vote for it. I mean, you do see it’s the party of women and ‘We’ll pay for health care and tuition and day care — and here, what else can we give you, soccer moms?’”
“If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
“Liberals love America like O.J. loved Nicole.”
“If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether.”
Ignorance, or madness?
There’s been a lot said in US newspapers and on blogs about the abrasive Ms Coulter – the angular and outspoken blonde Republican who has been making her living saying incendiary things about everyone, and everything.
Initially, Ann induced quite a hackle-rise in me, but having had time to think, I’ve come to a different conclusion.
As hard as it may be to believe, Ms Coulter was not beamed down from some distant and uptight planet – she was born, bred, raised and educated in the land of the apparently free and ostensibly brave.
She didn’t think up all this nonsense on her own – along the path of life many people have helped Ann to form these crackpot opinions.
The one thing they failed to teach her is that you’re not supposed to run around saying this stuff out loud. It’s okay (in those circles – tight, tight circles) to think these things, to twinkle and sparkle and express them to each other, but it’s seriously unacceptable to blab to the press and to the world.
Somewhere out there, Ann is working her way through a designer coffee in short, sharp power sips and wondering what she did wrong. Surely everyone understands? She’s only been verbalising what her chosen party believes.
I mean, even Jesus is a Republican, right?
And that’s why I’ve changed my opinion. I’m not angry with Ann, I just feel really sorry for her. Imagine being lauded and feted as the card-carrying spokesperson for a cause you don’t even understand?
All this talk of killing infidel foreigners and then converting the survivors to Christianity – it’s a view that has to have been born out of extreme ingnorance or total insanity.
If Ann knew anything about the subject she’d know that Christians have the right to
■Forgive their enemies
■When smacked, to turn the other cheek
■Pray for those that despitefully use them
■Bless those that persecute them
■Feed the poor
■Clothe the naked
■Pray for the sick
■Make disciples (by example) of all the nations
■And finally, lay down their lives for others – all kinds of ‘others’
Now, if Ann knew all that, would she still have said those things?