Ann Coulter: Cruel and Unusual
The New York Daily News got the word right this morning with its headline, "Coulter the Cruel." Just as Ann Coulter planned, her remarks about the 9/11 widows have created a media uproar. That's her modus operandi and we all knew it going in. But this time is different. To suggest these women are enjoying the experience of being 9/11 widows, is so far past a media stunt, that it made me feel sick. Ann Coulter has enough meanness to affect your view of humanity in general. How could a species produce such a creature? Why do so many creatures of the Far Right embrace her so openly?
Recently we've witnessed a religious family who drive around to funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and hold up banners saying the soldiers were killed because God is mad about homosexuality.
Can you imagine the grieving families? On top of everything else, they have to hear these people mouth off at their son or daughter's funeral? As cruel as that is, it is perfectly understandable because it's a religious thing. People have always been able to inflict tremendous pain on others in the name of God. In fact, they believe they're actually doing their victims a favor. What's a little torture now compared to eternal salvation? That's the line of reasoning, although I use the word "reasoning" loosely.
But to be this cruel just to hype a book? That's hard to fathom, even if the 9/11 widows had done something wrong. So what did they do to become part of the Ann Coulter book tour? Simple. They would not sit silently by and watch the Bush administration try and gloss over the event that killed their spouses. For some reason, President Bush and Dick Cheney are very afraid to have the facts leading up to 9/11 looked at, and you can take that any way you want. Remember after the White House finally caved on this issue, and they tried to put Kissinger in charge? Remember how President Bush would only testify if Dick Cheney was with him?
So now we have the backlash to Ann Coulter's remarks. The world isn't busy enough. We have to drop what we're doing and deal with this. The 9/11 widows have to deal with this. You know, it was less than 5 years ago. That's not long if you're trying to get over a loss of this magnitude. I've got an idea. Maybe the widows can do something. Maybe they can stage the memorial services of their husbands again so Ann Coulter can stand outside the church, holding up a big cover of her new book, and protest at their funerals.
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