The Struggle Against the Ideological Extremists...What About Ann Coulter?
So now that we are engaged in a struggle against, not simply terrorists, but more broadly, "ideological extremists" perhaps its time our 'wonderful president' mapped a course of action against one of our domestic ideological extremists, namely Ann Coulter.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines an extremist as "One who advocates or resorts to measures beyond the norm, especially in politics."
Now, lets take a look at some of Ann Coulter's political takes and examine whether she could be considered an extremist or not.
In light of the fact that our Constitution outlaws "cruel and unusual punishment" perhaps Ms. Coulter takes a rather extreme approach to crime and punishment:
"I have to say I'm all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the 'hood to be flogged publicly." MSNBC, March 22, 1997Or how about the time Ms. Coulter advocated fascism?
"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism." MSNBC, February 8, 1997.Or how about the fact that Ms. Coulter has repeatedly voiced her opposition to women voters? That sure seems to smack in the face of our normative 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Women's Suffrage), now doesn't it?
"I think [women] should be armed but should not vote ..." Politically Incorrect, February, 2001. "It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact.The Guardian, May 17 2003.A tad extreme? Sure seems like it.
But what about this?
"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma Federal Building bomber) is he did not go to the New York Times building." New York Observer, interview August 26, 2002.Wow, that certainly sounds extreme, doesn't it?
But I haven't even mentioned the time when she said:
"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now." Appropriately, that quote came from he book entitled Slander, pp. 5-6.I don't know, perhaps its me, but this final quote, referring to Muslims, certainly sounds extreme:
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." From her syndicated column, September 13, 2001.OK, in this quote she just advocated an all-out Holy War against Islam, and a crusade for Christianity. More than that, she is completely cavalier and uncaring to the suffering of innocent civilians.
Its certainly reasonable to call Ann Coulter an extremist. So now that we are
Now, I'm not suggesting that Ann be harmed or outlawed for her extreme right-wingery, but if we were truly concerned with diminishing ideological extremists, perhaps it would be the right thing for the President to publicly criticize somebody like Ann Coulter. Imagine that.