3/04/2007

Thank God (or Someone) for Freedom of Speech

At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, Ann Coulter decided to exercise her constitutional right to make a fool of herself:

“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards..."

While we're all certainly entitled to our own opinions about the sexual orientations of presidential candidates, it is apparently a fetish of the conservative right-wing to speculate publicly about the matter. Calling John Edwards a "faggot" may surprise some people, but really this is nothing new from the right-wing publicity machine. There was Ed Klein's book The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President, and then there was Rush Limbaugh raving about Ed Klein's book (back in June 2005):

"'I've got some interesting, juicy details on this book on Hillary by Ed Klein, but I'm not going to be the first to mention them,' Limbaugh told his listeners the other day. 'It will come out eventually. It has to do with sexual orientation, and I'm not going to be the one.'"

(apparently Klein was insinuating that Hillary was surrounded by lesbians and lesbian culture in college, which then rubbed off on her)

So maybe Rush was a little more subtle in calling Hillary a lesbian, but could someone explain to me why the conservatives have such a fascination with this subject? Last time I checked, both John Edwards and Hillary Clinton were married to members of the opposite sex, right? If this is the sort of strategy that conservatives feel they need to pursue in order to win, then I can only place my faith in the American people to realize that a party that starts accusing everyone it feels threatened by of being a homosexual is seriously in need of a good lesson at the polls... and therapy.

If it weren't for freedom of speech, I'd never hear how absurd, fanatical, and downright bigoted these people were. So thank you Mr. Bill of Rights. Without you, these people might actually have been forced to keep themselves quiet, by law if not by sheer prudence.

1 comment:

waffle said...

I think that these comments from these far-right-wing figures highlight, in fact, the utter hostility. It's one thing for Ann Coulter to espouse right-wing ideals and even to be forceful and passionate about it but why does she act as if liberals are literally attempting to wreak havoc on America? Why is there so much animosity towards the left? What makes Rush Limbaugh, for example, mock Michael J. Fox in his studio (i.e. literally shake his body and flail his arms)? Where does the hate and the vitriol come from? Take Bill O’Reilly as another example. O’Reilly, on his radio show, threatens a caller who merely mentions Keith Olberman’s name with a “visit from the local authorities.” Or going back to Ann Coulter, how can she be taken seriously as a voice of the right when she says stuff like this regarding Muslim hijackers, or maybe to all Muslims (depending on how you interpret it): “We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now. We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” Obviously this is not an attack on liberals but it’s still a hate-filled, narrow-minded and absolutely-insane idea that’s apparently acceptable in the political sphere (if it comes from the right). Why the hostility?