Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ann Coulter - The Patron Saint of Compassionate Conservatism?

Few of us who were alive five years ago will likely forget the events of September 11, 2001. The sights, the sounds, the numbness and horror we felt when we realized that the first plane crash was not an accident, but rather the first in a series of well coordinated attacks. Many of us on the East Coast knew someone who perished or had a friend who knew someone who perished. 9/11 was a defining day for my generation. It was up close, personal and unfolding in our living rooms, minute by minute, in what they used to call, "In Living Colour." It was a gut punch and we felt it the way the children of the 60's felt the Kennedy and King assassinations.

For me, 9/11 stands frozen in time. It was that rarest of moments when we shed our political differences, reached downward and deep within ourselves, and touched our innermost humanity. 9/11 was a common thread that bound us to one another as compassionate human beings. Or so I thought until today.

My Uncle was good enough to put me on to this one. As I sifted through the many stories about the demise of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, I came across this in the Associated Press:


For those of you who don't know Ann Coulter, she is an attorney and conservative author who recently released a book entitled, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism." In her book she targets four 9/11 widows, Kristen Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg and Patty Casazza, whom she refers to as the "Witches of East Brunswick." She writes, "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by the grief-arazzis, I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."

She went on to say, "And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy."

If you're like me, you're probably sitting in front of your computer stunned. Hopefully you're asking yourself why on God's, or anyone else's green earth, would someone utter such unsympathetic, foolish and, frankly, mean spirited words? What terrible thing could these women have done? The answer? They had the audacity to call for an independent commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks. Oh, and they also happened to support Senator Kerry in the last election, though I'm sure that this played no part in Coulter's criticism.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, I present to you, in living colour (drumroll please)...


Yes, here it is alive and well, a shining example of that value on which President Bush has so often waxed philosophically. Outraged? Disgusted? Then do something about it and drop Ann a line! She kindly left an address on her website to do so. I know I will.

E-mail Ann


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