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I’ve argued for quite some time that Ann Coulter is one of the worst things that has ever happened to conservatives; she acts and talks like a liberal. Rather than provide an intellectual heaviness to her arguments she resorts to vitriolic name calling and snide remarks. In short, she often behaves in a manner that portrays the worst traits of the Left; hurling blanket, and often unfounded, accusations that do much to inflame an audience but does little to support an underlying argument.p>Thank you for finally taking her to task for her truly tasteless remarks and pointing out that she has probably hurt the conservative movement much more than she has helped. br> — Jason Miyares br> Virginia Beach, Virginia /p> p> David Hogberg replies: br> Three quick points: /p>
2. Some letters make the legitimate point that we have no need to be polite when describing the enemy. Fair enough. But there are plenty of terms — murderer, terrorist, thug, etc. — that are “impolite” but don’t cross the line into racial epithets. Coulter’s use of the term “rag head” will do nothing to advance the War on Terror. If anything, it will hurt the cause by giving the opponents of the war a weapon (the charge of racism) to use against its supporters.
3. While some of the comments were ad hominem, they were remarkably free of the vitriol associated with a barrage of emails from the political left. I wonder, though, how long that will remain the case with a leader like Coulter setting such a lousy example. For conservatives to maintain higher standards than the opposition requires that we occasionally police our own — even those who have appeared on TV a lot and write best-sellers.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?