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Friday, January 27, 2006

Ann Coulter Calls for the Assassination of Justice Stevens
The presence of frail liberal stalwart Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court is all that prevents extremist conservative domination of the Court. As is, the conservatives have 5 votes to the liberals' 4 votes; fortunately one of those conservatives -- Justice Kennedy -- is a somewhat honest, reasonable man who believes in the Constitutional protection of a woman's right to choose.

Justice Stevens is 85 years old. It's hard to imagine him surviving another 3 years on the court in order to have a potential Democrat President replace him. At least one Republican, however, thinks that Justice Stevens might live to see another Democrat President. And she has a solution.

While giving a speech at Philander Smith College, longtime right-wing psychopath Ann Coulter remarked that "We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee."

Coulter quickly remarked that was a joke, as if that were enough to remedy her hate speech. Coulter jokes about the treasonous assassination of a Supreme Court justice, an event that could provoke a Constitutional crisis that could literally throw this country into a civil war. Now Coulter has the right to free speech, but this comes dangerously close to being unprotected speech.

At the bare minimum, the FBI should interview Coulter and place this one in her file. Coulter was a key mover in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy's attempted political assassination of President Clinton. She was known as one of the "elves" who worked tirelessly to mold the corporate media into aggressively persuing the Lewinsky non-scandal. She has friends in the highest places of the conservative movement. I suggest that law enforcement should not take these threats likely. If such a horrendous event ever occurred, the Republican party would be free to obliterate any remaining vestiges of democracy.

In addition, Coulter should never be allowed to speak as a legitimate "pundit" on any news organizations. Her hateful rhetoric more closely resembles Osama bin Laden's than normal conservative pundits. Sean Hannity, no friend of mine, is nonetheless a legitimate pundit; Coulter is far from it. She's a hack and a professional liar. NBC, CNN, CBS and all the other mainstream news networks frequently feature Coulter on her show. They should do so no more. Her insane comment about Stevens warrants an immediate blacklist.

Coulter has previously called the Democrats "
gutless traitors". She claimed the Democrats' behavior demonstrated that they "long to see U.S. troops shot, humiliated, and driven from the field of battle." During the Clinton administration, Coulter claimed the only question was whether to "whether to impeach or assassinate." That last assassination threat got her fired from MSNBC. After 9/11, Coulter said that "invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

I urge everyone with a moral compass, Republican or Democrat, to call or email CNN and demand that Coulter be banned from the airwaves. MediaMatters has set up a page here with CNN's contact info. People like Coulter are directly responsible for the demise of intelligent discourse in America. Coulter is propped up and financially supported the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Her role is to be as conservative as humanly possible so that other Republicans can point to her and say "See, they are people even more conservative than I am!" It's a scheme and it needs to be stopped.

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Blogger Tran said ... (1:36 PM) : 

Most psychologists recognize that jokes are an outward expression of what one truly believes but is too coward to openly admit to believing.

She is certainly a terrible and pathetic human being; however, she is protected by the 1st amendment. To exit the realm of that protection, she would have to make statements that are an incitement to imminent lawless activity. There are certainly strong arguments for both sides, but given her immediate qualification (i'm just kidding... unless you're gone do it) and failure to make a "more attractive offer" such as cash payment, she is (unfortunately) likely to retain her 1st amendment protection.

As for black-listing this psychopathic abomination, that is certainly warranted and "patriotically" required. To suggest the assassination of a member of the Supreme Court regardless of his/her political ideology is unforgiveable and "un-American." Our entire system is based on balancing the wills of all the nation's people to ensure that the majority can never completely oppress the minority; this fool seeks to ensure just the opposite.

I love my country, even if it is being run by an incompetent executive and a corrupt legislature. I should sincerely hope that her, and anyone like her whether right or left, never be allowed to politically or socially recover from such a horrendous proclamation - unless they talk about "removing" Bush from power... that is totally moral... Just kidding...

 

Blogger Michael Alexander said ... (9:09 AM) : 

I agree with everything you've said, Tran. To be sure, I agree that her speech is protected by the First Amendment. A blacklist is a more appropriate remedy.

 

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