October 21, 2012

Like Mr. T, I Pity This Fool.

In case you didn't see it, this happened:

'Last Thursday was national "coming out" day. This Monday is national "disown your son" day.' 
- Ann Coulter
First off, let me say that I truly believe that in this country, she has the right to both have the beliefs that fueled this statement, and express her opinion.  I have always had a very firm conviction that we support individuality and uniqueness in the US, even if it's an unpopular position or we simply don't like it.  For me, it is only when that belief or statement crosses the line into action that it becomes something worth fighting over.
Second, and this is something that's starting to tickle my gag reflexes a little even as I type, I have to respect Ms. Coulter in her not rounding off her edges or couching her words just because they're hard to hear.  I don't like what she has to say one teeny bit.  But I applaud her for having the convictions to say them and stand by them in the face of scrutiny and adversity.  What that we could all be that true to ourselves.
That said, let me get back to Ann's tweet.  I'm more than a little at odds with this statement. Am I an Ann Coulter supporter? Most definitely not. Did I laugh at the tweet? No. Does it bother me? Very much so, on a whole mess of levels.  (Why must it be only sons?  Does she consider gay men more reprehensible than lesbians?  Does gender matter?  If so, is she a biased homophobe?  It makes my mind explode with how any of this could be ok to begin with, this just compounds it.)  
Am I butthurt about it? . . . Kinda? I'll explain.
To me, these are the words of someone who wants to cling to the way things used to be. Less than 75 years ago, we didn't allow inter-racial couples to marry. Not much before that, women were denied the right to vote.  At the time our country was founded, it was perfectly acceptable to own another human being.  And you know what?  I'm sure at the time, someone was waving some printed paper and raving about how it was against nature to allow it, or that some deity had something to say about human social issues then too.  You know what?  If I may partake of the vernacular, now it ain't no thang.  And the world's a better, freer, more cohesive place for it.
Ever so slowly, we have changed the world and made it more accepting and communal.  To say equal erodes what makes us unique and individual.  However, each time we've wanted to bring humankind closer together, we've run in to obstacles; the civil war, the suffrage movement, and slavery, just to name a few.
I guess it boils down to the fact that this comment makes me pity Ms Coulter more than anything.  Her thinking sells ink, but for waning reasons.  Once, the country had her back.  Now?  She's in print to inflame the majority into noticing her small minded opinions and draw attention to a dying mindset.  It's the equivalent of a dwindling bonfire hitting a pocket of sap in one of the pieces of wood.  Briefly, there's a shock of new light and heat.  But in the end, the fire cools down to ash.  Pity, Ms. Coulter.  The world will be a very uncomfortable place when we change it for the better.

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