Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ann Coulter sees the emergence of hate radio as a good thing

Does Ann Coulter really believe hate radio and conservative hate groups who seek new members on the Internet are wonderful advancements in our civilization?

Apparently.
ANN COULTER: Well, that's the question. I mean, as I describe in this chapter on the liberal doctrine of infallibility, they've come up with various methods over the years to prevent an opposing viewpoint from being heard. It used to be easy; they just wouldn't put us on TV. They had 100 percent control of all news dissemination in America. That -- that got broken by hate radio, the Internet, and, of course, Fox News, which has driven them out of their minds. And so, consequently, the next trick is to send forward these -- well, they complained about, you know, hate speech and hate radio and angry white men.

I was living in Denver when liberal talk radio host Alan Berg was murdered (shot 12 times) by a neo-Nazi group so I know the "angry white men" Coulter is referring to aren't harmless eccentrics being picked on just because they aren't liberals. And don't forget it was angry white men, born and bred in America, who were behind the Oklahoma City bombing and who didn't care that they were also blowing up a daycare center filled with children.

I wonder who Ann Coulter would label as Godless in Berg's murder? From everything I've seen and read of her interviews supporting her latest book, I can't help but believe it would be the murdered liberal. If that labeling isn't motivated by hate then the only conclusion I can reach is her motivation is notoriety in the almighty pursuit of book sales.

No matter what Ms. Coulter's motivation is, the problem remains that some who read and listen to her rhetoric could take it as gospel and use it as justification to commit murder (in the name of God of course) against the godless liberals who commit treason for daring to disagree with her or those she defends.

When the next homegrown bomber who targets a liberal or a liberal group is caught, will they find Ann Coulter's books in his home?

If so, then it would be logical for the FBI to order booksellers to turn over the names of everyone who bought a copy of Godless. As the conservatives remind us daily, we are in the midst of a war on terror. If those of us who are doomed in Ann Coulter's eyes shouldn't object to having our reading habits dissected for no clear reason, then those who read her books shouldn't mind full investigations into every detail of their lives, including their taxes, to determine if they, like others before them, have stepped over the line from hate speech to hate crimes or terrorism.

To me the glorification of hate speech is as disturbing as Ms. Coulter's attacks on people who speak out from real tragedies in their lives. Those attacks have rightfully been slammed as malicious.

All I'll say on that personal attack is that Ms. Coulter would leave activism to those who have been insulated from tragedy and who make laws and policies with only a distant understanding of how those laws and policies impact people who aren't so cushioned. In her ideal world victims are only to be used as pawns in conservatives' political games, they shouldn't be allowed to speak independently or challenge authority.

By her argument, I have no right to talk about issues related to rape because by speaking out I am reveling in being raped. If I wanted to make a difference, it would be okay for me to be a photo-op prop for politicians, but nothing more.

It's interesting that Ms. Coulter lumps Fox News in with hate radio and the hate groups who use the Internet. I never would grouped them together as if they were a matched set, but now because of Ms. Coulter, I have to reassess my opinion of Fox News as annoying but harmless.

Ms. Coulter makes me shudder at the thought of who Fox News would have put on to give a rebuttal if they existed when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech. And shudder again at what would have been said after MLK was assassinated.

But I guess it shouldn't suprise me that someone whose markets hatred so well and so carefully would have an affinity for hate groups.

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At June 15, 2006 3:38 PM, Blogger Future Geek said...

When the next homegrown bomber who targets a liberal or a liberal group is caught, will they find Ann Coulter's books in his home?

If so, then it would be logical for the FBI to order booksellers to turn over the names of everyone who bought a copy of Godless.


Ouch. Great blog. Thanks for dealing with difficult subjects.

And you're dead on right about MLK. The dirty tactics have always been with us, but now they just have better technology and more outlets to spread their propaganda. Scary.

 

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