A couple of my fellow editors and I were chatting the night of the final presidential debate. Through our usual sifting of various Twitter messages sent out by the world of the alleged politically-important, one caught my eye. Ann Coulter, the usual headline-grabbing pundit sent out a tweet using the “r” word to describe President Obama (and sadly, it was re-tweeted by Tammy Bruce).
It caught the attention of Michelle Malkin who in turn hit at it on Twitchy. It also caught the eye of a gentleman with Downs Syndrome who penned an open letter to Ann Coulter. This man is a Special Olympian. I can almost guess the man’s political leanings by reading the piece, but that’s not important. What’s important is that I believe his letter is heartfelt and he is correct, people with special needs can flourish in this great country and it’s high time for folks like Ann Coulter who say ridiculous things to get attention to think of others before they speak.
What I also find disappointing is that while the media has given the open letter the attention it definitely deserves, barely anyone has mentioned the class displayed by Michelle Malkin right after Coulter sent the tweet out. For those who haven’t seen Malkin’s response, she said the following:
What a stupid, shallow thing to say, Ann
While Mediaite reported the quote from Malkin, I believe it deserved a heads up for the class displayed by a fellow conservative who courageously called out another.
Further, there simply isn’t enough blog space to write out the obscenities uttered by liberals about the American right. Just as Ann Coulter made being handicapped a negative thing in order to better attack President Obama, I firmly believe that when liberals over the years have suggested she had an Adam’s apple, they were pulling the entire GLBT community into a spotlight of shame to further attack her. All through those times when I or others brought that up to describe the apparent schoolyard bigotry on the left, they became very agitated.
But speaking of leftist attacks on conservatives and “r” words, you can barely characterize being called a “racist” as anything less offensive. When using the first “r” word in a public arena, you shamelessly make fun of folks with very real challenges. When using the term “racist,” you’re implying that someone is evil.
Well, just very recently, Chris Matthews of MSNBC said that “racial hatred” made removing Obama from office a higher priority for conservatives than going after Al-Queda was.
During the presidential campaign of 2008, the AP alleged racism on Governor Palin by cherry-picking a few black leaders in a late-October article. Newsbusters responded to the charge saying:
But, even the AP story shows that Palin has, indeed, appointed minorities to her administration. Remembering that blacks make up a mere 4% of Alaska’s residents, the AP notes that Palin has appointed eight blacks, 40 Alaska Natives, six Asian or Pacific Islanders and one Hispanic since taking office.
Ed Schultz on MSNBC has accused the Republican Party of racism on more than one occasion.
During the Obamacare debacle, Tea Party activists were accused of racism. Andrew Breitbart offered a reward for video of anyone using racial slurs towards Democrat lawmakers during the protests and miraculously in this world of youtube and camera phones, not one surfaced — yet many of the networks continued reporting on it as if it were a fact.
And when real racism occurred within the Democrat party after Harry Reid was caught saying that the President lacked a negro dialect and had a nice skin tone, he was immediately forgiven and it was dismissed.
This of course is just a small sample of good conservatives who’ve been falsely accused of racism.
The technical term “retarded” implies the process of impeding or slowing progress. It’s a very real thing and thankfully with the advancements of science combined with the love and understanding of our fellow man, special-needs Americans are achieving more now than they ever have before.
The term “racist” implies evil and hatred towards another man for no other reason than the color of his skin.
In different ways, both terms are very serious. But when used in a flipped manner to draw a cheap laugh from spectators, it impacts people and it hurts the feelings of innocent folks. It’s one of the most disgusting and horrible things one person could do to another.
I am glad the right has good people like Michelle Malkin and Governor Palin who speak out about this nonsense when it happens among alleged conservatives. It’s just too bad there won’t be more people on the left who will join us in our efforts to make sure that such terms are used in the serious context they were created for.
Finally, the polls indicate that Americans are ready to take a new path. Part of that new path means not only firing Obama, but finally putting an end to the nonsensical rhetoric on both sides of the aisle from people who frankly should know better.