Friday, April 21, 2006

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Coulter

Ann Coulter, everybody's favorite right-wing lunatic, wrote an interesting article the other day. The basic premise is a decent one: no one deserves to be raped or murdered, but you lessen your chances if you don't do boneheaded things like get drunk in public and go off god knows where with strange guys. Fair enough.

She goes on to accuse liberals of reinforcing the antithesis of this logic with their no-judgments-no-consequences ethos. She just wouldn't be Ann Coulter if she didn't do that, so I'll give her a free pass on that one.

There are a few things that I'm not so willing to forgive, however. Chief among them is this brilliant nugget of fool's gold:
I have always been unabashedly anti-murder, anti-rape and anti-false accusation — and I don't care who knows about it!
Hurrah! Unfortunately, not true. I'm not aware of her being pro-rape (although maybe she just hasn't found the right liberal to wish that fate upon), but she is definitely not anti-murder.

Let's set the way-back machine to September 12, 2001. In a column that got her fired from USA Today, Coulter said the following about Muslim countries: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." Charmingly bloodthirsty, and about as unambiguous an endorsement of murder as you're ever likely to read.

The claim that she's "anti-false accusation" is the most laughable of all. Her next book, called Godless, is about how liberals are, you guessed it, godless. That's a nifty bit of outrageous slander. In fact, her entire career is built upon the false accusation. It's her raison d'etre, her modus operandi and her Weltanschauung all wrapped up in a nasty little package (the foreign phrases are in there to piss Coulter off in the unlikely case that she happens to read this).

The article contains another questionable assertion. To wit: "I've never been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder." That may be technically true, but it just suggests that they're just not looking hard enough. Perhaps we should start a fund for a second opinion.

(Sorry for the ad hominem attack there. Think of it as an homage to my subject.)
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