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Ann Coulter: Leftists Love Hate Speech

Phil Brennan, NewsMax.com

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Editor's note: This is part one of a review of Ann Coulter's new book, "Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right." See NewsMax.com's exclusive interview with her.

If I were a liberal I’d lay awake nights worrying that I might somehow attract the attention of Ann Coulter and find myself in the sights of a writer the Washington Post’s Lloyd Grove calls a "human Uzi."

In her new book, "Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right," Coulter takes aim at leftists' hate speech, hypocrisy, lies and elitism. She lets loose a barrage that will leave her targets riddled with the truth they fear much as vampires fear crucifixes.

From the opening line, "Political debate in this country is insufferable," to the closing lines describing liberals as "savagely cruel bigots who hate Americans and lie for sport," Coulter never lets up.

Her theme revolves around the fact that American "liberals" are utterly bankrupt intellectually and spiritually, recoiling from the truth. As William Buckley once explained that the late Robert Kennedy refused to appear on his TV show "Firing Line" for the same reason that "baloney rejects the meat grinder," leftists cannot allow themselves to be exposed to facts.

Faced with cold, hard facts, they can respond only with invective and lies.

As a political philosophy American "liberalism" is among the walking dead. Like the character in the movie "The Trouble With Harry," it refuses to stay buried.

With this book Coulter has taken her literary scalpel in hand, autopsied the corpse and exposed the great void she found within its rotting but still-talking carcass. It is devoid of guts; all that remains is the stench.

This book will get your juices flowing and make you eager to join Coulter in the front lines where, as some Union army officer once told Gen. Phil Kearney when he asked where he should put his troops during the Peninsula campaign, "Anywhere, General, the fighting is lovely all along the line."

Part One

When All Else Is Lost, Liberals Resort to Slander

Leftists have forgotten how to debate. "Prevarication and denigration are the hallmarks of liberal argument. Logic is not their metier. Blind religious faith is," Ann Coulter writes in "Slander."

She describes the liberal catechism as a creed that includes: "A hatred of guns, the profit motive, and political speech and an infatuation with abortion, the environment and race discrimination … the most crazed religious fanatic argues in more calm and reasoned tones than liberals responding to statistics on concealed-carry permits."

The same leftists who are so eager to invent unconstitutional "hate crimes" laws eagerly practice hate speech.

Noting the left-wing domination over "every major means of news dissemination for a quarter century," she goes on to catalog the wall-to-wall liberal propaganda to which the nation is exposed from dawn to dusk.

Americans, she reminds us, wake up in the morning listening to "Today Show" host Katie Couric "berating Arlen Specter about Anita Hill 10 years after the hearing," or "haranguing Charlton Heston on the need to stop school shootings."

Co-host Matt Lauer mourns the government’s "failure" to pass a law decreeing national vacation time, and the New York Times "breathlessly announces 'Communism Still Looms as Evil to Miami Cubans'" without mentioning that the same feeling is shared by all those political prisoners rotting away in Castro’s dungeons.

Time magazine’s Barbara Ehrenreich "gives two thumbs up to the Communist Manifesto," which Coulter reminds us resulted in the slaughter of at least 100 million people.

Then comes the letters to the editor of the New York Times, written by "pathetic little parakeet males [was she describing Rep. Henry Waxman?] and grim, quivering, angry women on the Upper West Side of Manhattan hoping to be chosen as that day’s purveyor of hate ("I was reminded by your editorial that Bush wasn’t even your average politically aware Yalie; he was busy branding freshmen at his fraternity house.")

Then, of course, we come to the evening hours, where Mr. Dan Rather can be found "falsely accusing Republicans of all manner of malfeasance or remarking that a president who has been impeached, disbarred, and held in contempt for his lies is an 'honest man.'"

Rather takes few pains to conceal his blatant bias, as recently commented on by his "60 Minutes" colleague Andy Rooney, who told Larry King that Gunga Dan is "transparently liberal."

To Rather, a prosecutor such as Ken Starr investigating a Democrat miscreant is always "a Republican prosecutor," unless he’s a Democrat investigating a member of the GOP; the House is always the "Republican-controlled House," but the Senate is never "the Democrat-controlled Senate."

Coulter’s point: "Instead of actual debate about ideas and issues with real consequences, the country is trapped in a political discourse that increasingly resembles professional wrestling. The ‘Compassionate Conservative’ takes on the ‘Republicans balancing the budget on the backs of then poor.’"

Leftists respond to reasonable Republican arguments by alleging they are "planning a second holocaust. No matter how inured one becomes to liberal hate speech, the regularity with which Republicans are compared to Nazis still astonishes."

She cites the following examples:

Speaking of the GOP’s Contract With America, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said, "When I compare this to what happened in Germany, I hope you see the similarities to what is happening to us." Rep. Major Owens, D-N.Y., chimed in with, "These are people who are practicing genocide with a smile; they’re worse than Hitler."

Former Rep. Patricia Shroeder, D-Colo., charged that surgeon general nominee Henry Foster was "goose-stepping over women’s rights" and told League of Women Voters that Rush Limbaugh’s listeners "are the ones who are goose stepping."

Socialists seem to forget that Nazi, of course, stands for National Socialist.

Coulter recalls that left-wingers, while recoiling in horror from the idea of calling a woman ugly, had no trouble suggesting that "the ugliest women ever to darken the planet are Paula Jones, Linda Tripp and [Florida Secretary of State] Katherine Harris." Coulter adds, "This, from the party of Bella Abzug."

Liberals, Coulter writes are "painfully self-righteous, they have fantastic hatreds, and they could not see the other fellow’s position if you prodded them with hot pokers. They are United States senators, New York Times editors, news anchors and TV personalities.

"And they are completely unhinged."

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If I were a liberal I’d lay awake nights worrying that I might somehow attract the attention of Ann Coulter and find myself in the sights of a writer the Washington Post’s Lloyd Grove calls a "human Uzi."

you hit the nail right on the head, and many of them do... but i'd be really surprised if anyone on cp agrees, and even if they do they're probably too scared of being slandered by these liberals:cool:

can't we all just get along :tongue::D

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