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At the 2007 Conservative Political Action Conference, Ann Coulter made remarks about former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) here. Every single Conservative or Republican Blogger is calling on her to apologize for her remarks.
However, when the Huffington Post has commenter's that wish the Vice president ill, I find it hard to decry Ann when she says provocative things. Now, I have friends who are gay, and I am at times Libertarian when it comes to State and private life. However, the comment was tacky and the joke flopped. But, she is not calling for any one's head, she is not wishing people dead.
I also believe in Voltaire's line, "I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it," I haven't seen one organization from the Left defend anyone from the Right for slipping up on words. Not once.
If you see Bill Maher here, he also wishes ill will on Cheney, yet where is the Left Blogosphere's outcry? Every week, Bill Maher wishes harm or worse on Republicans, yet the Left says not one word. Here is my deal (call it a Voltaire Deal), if the Left gets rid of Bill Maher, I will decry Ann Coulter.
You make good sense. Since when is calling someone a bad word the same as wishing someone would be murdered by our enemies?ReplyDelete
I like Ann Coulter, and part of why I like her is her bravery in the face of sophomoric leftists. While I wouldn't use the word myself, I think she is old enough to choose her own words, and her success in the marketplace of ideas (several NY Times number ones) proves she can say what she likes.
All the comments you mentioned are deplorable, yet all had the right to make such comments. However, I also have the right to denounce them.ReplyDelete
To the above comment, if the left is sophomoric, what is Coulter? Her columns are little more than petty name calling.
The magnitude is also different when Coulter says what she does at a conservative conference that also features the vp and most of the Republican candidates than when random bloggers post on Huffington. If Maher said what he did at the DNC Convention, it'd be different (though still out of line).
I'm sure I won't change your mind, just as you likely won't change mine. I just feel like you're ignoring some of the facts here.
It is well that this debate exists. If it did not I fear de Tocqueville's staement would soon come to pass.ReplyDelete
In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own. Alexis de Tocqueville
It would a be sad commentary on the state of the government were there complete and total uniformity and unanimity of opinion. When this occurs it will herald the end of the Republic as a viable entity.