A clear and present danger

After reading this, I am afraid I have no choice but to conclude that Ann Coulter is seriously mentally ill. And I mean it.

Here’s a tiny sample:

The portrayal of Sen. Joe McCarthy as a wild-eyed demagogue destroying innocent lives is sheer liberal hobgoblinism. Liberals weren’t hiding under the bed during the McCarthy era. They were systematically undermining the nation’s ability to defend itself, while waging a bellicose campaign of lies to blacken McCarthy’s name. Liberals denounced McCarthy because they were afraid of getting caught, so they fought back like animals to hide their own collaboration with a regime as evil as the Nazis…..At every strategic moment this century, liberals would wage a campaign of horrendous lies….They had gotten good at it.

This is dangerous stuff. Her use of the word “liberals” is amazingly similar to the way Hitler invoked the phrase “the Jews,” blaming them for all of mankind’s misfortunes. Liberals are compared to wild animals, as Hitler compared the Jews to a “bacillus.” This insane lumping together of all “liberals” into a single pot of evil, vicious, maniacal liars and demons — it is really quite unprecedented that such hate mongering could become so mainstream. (After all, she has appeared on the Today show and is a media favorite.)

Truly disturbing. I mean, my parents are liberals, and they never betrayed their country or encouraged their children to do so. I am a liberal, and to the best of my knowledge I have never “waged a campaign of horrendous lies.”

What’s happened over the past few years? What do we need to do to make America sane again?

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

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