When the Right Attacks…

contributed by Nathan Lean

I’m going to put myself out on a limb here–it happens from time to time when I feel a moral obligation to defend an injustice. When fear of controversy silences our desire to speak out, we have been robbed of our ability to create change.

The political world took a low blow Tuesday when Ann Coulter decided to open her savage right-wing mouth, yet again, wishing Sen. John Edwards “had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.” Perhaps you may remember Coulter’s tirades earlier this year comparing Sen. Barack Obama to a terrorist or making crude comments about Sen. Hillary Clinton’s legs. Maybe it was the “ask me about my dead son” comment that brings back stirring memories of Coulter’s wicked ability to tap into a political dialogue with personal attacks about tragic family events. Whatever the case may be, it’s safe to say that Ann Coulter appears to be what many refer to as a “media prostitute –” an opportunist seeking to cash in on outlandish statements.

Perhaps this blog entry is giving the radical mouthpiece more attention that she deserves. But what will it take to silence this monster for good?

Further, has-been “independent conservative” and talking-head Pat Buchanan came to Coulter’s defense, claiming the garbage from her mouth was used to emphasize contradictions relating to haircuts, house size, and poverty. Let’s remember that Pat Buchanan was also the one who defended Don Imus’ outrageous comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Are these the people dominating our political debate?

What ever happened to policy? It seems as if the recent attacks on Democrats personal lives are an attempt to buy time while blood-thirsty conservatives search for arguments with substance related to policy and legislation. Newsflash: Similar to the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there are none. Why can’t Coulter research Obama’s Health Care plan or Edwards’ poverty proposals?

Perhaps it’s fear of 2008 that drives this defensive, backed-into-a-corner style dialogue. Maybe 2006 was a prediction that people are ready for a “politics of hope” and will silence the Republican machine once and for all. Perhaps the substance of the Democratic party’s platforms can’t be matched.

God forbid, but if I were a Democratic or Republican candidate, I would be the first to denounce this style of trash-talk.

Contrary to popular opinion, we are indeed our brothers keepers. At leas in the minds of the voters.

For a politics of hope, free of trash-talk and low blow attacks, click here.

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One Response

  1. Oh, Nathan– you are so right. We cannot afford to keep letting the rabid right have their way with the media, trusting the “high road” will sustain us.

    A spade is a spade. We need to call it when we see it. My op-ed column this week? “Deaf, Dumb and Blonde: TV, ratings and bimbo eruptions”.

    Ann Coulter and Paris Hilton. Matthews gives up air time to Arsenic-tongued Ann and can’t control the interview; King bumps a scheduled hour with Michael Moore about Sicko, insurance company profiteering, the underinsured and a broken healthcare system. Why? Because Paris, newly sprung from the pokey, has something important to tell us (“Jail was, like, traumatic”).

    There was only one winner in all this–Elizabeth Edwards, who did us all proud.

    Ann and Paris. Opposite sides of the same pathetic American coin. The vicious and the vapid, famous for doing absolutely nothing of value.

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