Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Just Delivering the Goods

Don't miss what Glenn Greenwald has to say about our favorite harridan.

The significance lies not just in this specific outburst on Friday but in the whole array of hate-mongering, violence-inciting remarks over all these years. Its significance lies in the critical fact that Malkin expressly acknowledged: "She's very popular among conservatives." The focus of these stories should not be Coulter, but instead, should be the conservative movement in which Ann Coulter -- precisely because of (not "despite") her history of making such comments -- is "very popular."

Ann is just selling what the conservatives want. Her routine to emasculate liberal men is what every good conservative needs. How else can they continue to sop their legions of cowering followers with promises that they will protect them. The liberals are all weak cowards...you can't trust them to protect you... you need a strong masculine conservative to protect you from the evildoers.

It is just a variation on the methods of the whacked out religious right. Denigrate everyone who doesn't march in lockstep with their beliefs. Label them sinners regardless of whether the sin be pacifism, homosexuality or belief in a woman's right to chose. Blame all the world's troubles on them. Circle the wagons and keep the sinners at bay. We follow the true word of God and if you don't agree then you are a heathen and sinner. Just because your religion is as old as theirs or even older, if it doesn't agree with theirs then you are going straight to hell.

Ann Coulter, James Dobson, Bill Donahue, Pat Robertson, Michael Savage, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh are all just this times' snake oil salesmen. They have discovered a market for hate and poison and, by God, never let it be said they didn't know the value of a buck. All of these blights are feeding the desire for hate. They are feeding the desire for exclusivity. They are feeding the need of the weak minded and fearful for something or someone to look down on and hate. There is nothing even remotely like this "industry of hate" on the left. Sure, we use some foul language and say some hateful and thoughtless things but we don't have an organized aim to spread hate and lies across the nation.

No, the reality is that poison Ann and all the other hate mongers exist because that is the only way the conservatives can survive. The TV appearances and book sales are just symbols of the deep depravity that runs through the conservative right in this country. Ann and the rest are in business because there is a big market for their product. If there were nobody buying then they would just go away.

Ann Coulter and the rest of the hate marketers exist because the conservative movement is addicted to their brand of hatred. Ann and company just deliver the goods.

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