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RE: Ann Coulter

'.$cel1.''.$cel2.''; } function atab($cel2) { global $msg; tab2($msg,$cel2); } function mtab($cel2) { tab2('Marion McCoskey',$cel2); } print ''; mtab("I have taken the liberty of making some comments on one of Ann's columns."); atab("To expiate the pain of losing her firstborn son in the Iraq war, Cindy Sheehan decided to cheer herself up by engaging in Stalinist agitprop outside President Bush's Crawford ranch."); mtab("Stalinist agitprop? I see Ann is worried that someone else is better at it than she is. Neocons have a state-supported monopoly on propaganda, and they work hard to keep it that way."); atab("It's the strangest method of grieving I've seen since Paul Wellstone's funeral. Someone needs to teach these liberals how to mourn."); mtab("Ann is doing her bit to make sure they have plenty to mourn about. If she were actually paying attention, she might realize that the neocon house of cards is busy collapsing right before her very eyes, and she may soon have some mourning to do herself."); atab("Call me old-fashioned, but a grief-stricken war mother shouldn't have her own full-time PR flack. After your third profile on \"Entertainment Tonight\", you're no longer a grieving mom; you're a C-list celebrity trolling for a book deal or a reality show."); mtab("At 65, I know a little about old fashioned. We used to believe in Mom and Apple pie. Ann apparently admires institutions and anorexia, and cares little for motherhood."); atab("We're sorry about Ms. Sheehan's son, but the entire nation was attacked on 9/11."); mtab("This is factually inaccurate. I didn't notice any attacks by Arab Fanatics in Northern California on 9-11. I could barely hear the bang from 3,000 miles away. The last time I checked California was, unfortunately, part of the USA."); atab("This isn't about her personal loss"); mtab("OK, then it shouldn't be about accepting Ann's personal opinion as gospel either. Fair is fair."); atab("America has been under relentless attack from Islamic terrorists for 20 years, culminating in a devastating attack on U.S. soil on 9/11. It's not going to stop unless we fight back, annihilate Muslim fanatics, destroy their bases, eliminate their sponsors and end all their hope. A lot more mothers will be grieving if our military policy is: No one gets hurt!"); mtab("Actually, I think our Western European allies and we did a pretty good job of destroying their bases, etc. before 9-11. It doesn't seem to have made the Arabs any less inclined to attack us. Ann seems to think more of the same will produce different results. We all know the diagnosis for that behavior pattern."); atab("Fortunately, the Constitution vests authority to make foreign policy with the president of the United States, not with this week's sad story."); mtab("The following items are enumerated as the powers of congress in the constitution:

-1- To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.
-2- To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
-3- To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
-4- To provide and maintain a Navy;
-5- To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
-6- To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

It seems that some of these items may have a little to do with foreign policy, Ann."); atab("But liberals think that since they have been able to produce a grieving mother, the commander in chief should step aside and let Cindy Sheehan make foreign policy for the nation. As Maureen Dowd said, it's \"inhumane\" for Bush not \"to understand that the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.\""); mtab('How very kind of Ann to tell liberals what they think and save them the considerable strain of figuring it out for themselves.'); atab("I'm not sure what \"moral authority\" is supposed to mean in that sentence,"); mtab("Here we finally have a statement I can absolutely agree with. It's not clear that Ann knows what moral authority means in any sentence."); atab("but if it has anything to do with Cindy Sheehan dictating America's foreign policy, then no, it is not \"absolute.\" It's not even conditional, provisional, fleeting, theoretical or ephemeral."); mtab("Ann is here totally underestimating the power of truth. Cindy Sheehan may have little or no authority, but the moral authority of truth is absolute. I find that Mrs. Shehan's words and deeds are a lot more truthful than those of Ms. Coulter. Ann may be able to trash Cindy and get away with it, but if she tangles with the truth, she is tackling something much more powerful than she will ever be. The truth is like a river. You can dam it up with lies, but eventually, it will overcome any obstacle.

The logical, intellectual and ethical shortcomings of such a statement are staggering. If one dead son means no one can win an argument with you, how about two dead sons? What if the person arguing with you is a mother who also lost a son in Iraq and she's pro-war? Do we decide the winner with a coin toss? Or do we see if there's a woman out there who lost two children in Iraq and see what she thinks about the war?

The proportion of mothers who have lost sons in Iraq who are for the war is much less than the general population. That is the political reality. When you factor in the fathers, sisters, bothers, cousins, uncles, aunts and friends of the dead and wounded, you have a political problem, and the longer the war goes on, and the bigger the problem gets. A few casualties here, a few casualties there, and pretty soon the neocons have some explaining to do."); atab("Dowd's \"absolute\" moral authority column demonstrates, once again, what can happen when liberals start tossing around terms they don't understand like \"absolute\" and \"moral.\" It seems that the inspiration for Dowd's column was also absolute. On the rocks."); mtab('Here again, we run into the neocons state supported monopoly on agitprop. They have patented the words "absolute" and "moral" and the rest of us are no longer allowed to use them. Liberals better start looking for some good synonyms. Perhaps Ann could provide a list of words reserved exclusively for the use of neocons so the rest of us could learn to talk without violating her rules.'); atab("Liberals demand that we listen with rapt attention to Sheehan, but she has nothing new to say about the war. At least nothing we haven't heard from Michael Moore since approximately 11 a.m., Sept. 11, 2001. It's a neocon war; we're fighting for Israel; it's a war for oil; Bush lied, kids died; there is no connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida. Turn on MSNBC's \"Hardball\" and you can hear it right now. At this point, Cindy Sheehan is like a touring company of Air America radio. Same old script and it's not even the original cast."); mtab('Why are we evaluating arguments on whether they are new or old instead of whether they are logical? I thought conservatives liked old. Often you have to repeat the truth to get through to some people.'); atab("These arguments didn't persuade Hillary Clinton to vote against the war. They didn't persuade Democratic primary voters, who unceremoniously dumped anti-war candidate Howard Dean in favor of John Kerry, who voted for the war before he voted against it. They certainly didn't persuade a majority of American voters who re-upped George Bush's tenure as the nation's commander in chief last November."); mtab("Perhaps a majority of voters weren't convinced at the time of the presidential elections, but it appears that times have changed. If we truly believe in democracy, the opinions of the public are the only ones that matter."); atab("But now liberals demand that we listen to the same old arguments all over again, not because Sheehan has any new insights, but because she has the ability to repel dissent by citing her grief. On the bright side, Sheehan shows us what Democrats would say if they thought they were immunized from disagreement. Sheehan has called President Bush \"that filth-spewer and warmonger.\" She says \"America has been killing people on this continent since it was started\" and \"the killing has gone on unabated for over 200 years.\" She calls the U.S. government a \"morally repugnant system\" and says, \"This country is not worth dying for.\" I have a feeling every time this gal opens her trap, Michael Moore gets a residuals check."); mtab("I might disagree with Cindy's language, but I take her point. George Bush is delusional and incompetent. It is difficult for the most balanced person to keep his sanity as president, and George Bush is busy going off the deep end. Any government is a morally repugnant system, but ours is one of the worst on the planet. Measure it by prison population, the size of the standing army, the number of laws and regulations, the number of lawyers and bureaucrats, or just general discomfort level, and you find we are solidly under the heel of the oppressor."); atab("Evidently, however, there are some things worth killing for. Sheehan recently said she only seemed calm \"because if I started hitting something, I wouldn't stop 'til it was dead.\" It's a wonder Bush won't meet with her."); mtab("I agree that Cindy should control her rage, and she has been doing so. It does seem, however, that Ann has a certain reputation for anger herself.

Ann Coulter is a talented and entertaining writer. She spins a great neocon fantasy, but we should be careful not to mistake her writings for reasoned discourse."); print ''; ?>