Ann Coulter, famous for scores of supposedly illuminating statements about the stupidity of liberals (Remember My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building?), told Fox Business' Eric Bolling that the Occupy Wall Street protesters use of the phrases demolition of capitalism and if we can learn to share we can all live in prosperity is comparable to ideals that were advocated by Nazi Germany that ultimately led to the establishment of a totalitarian regime.
Specifically, Coulter said the statements by Occupy Wall Street protesters, a movement that doesn't attach itself to the Democratic Party or any other political organization at this point, are similar to what was said before the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and with only slight modification when the Nazis came to power ... This is always the beginning of totalitarianism.
She added that the Democratic Party uses mob uprisings as their path to power, although qualifying a group of nonviolent protesters as a mob uprising seems hyperbolic at best.
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Coulter went on to say that this is not how the most prosperous, free nation in the world was created, although I think those who participated in the Boston Tea Party, where a group of colonial Americans dumped tea taken from British ships to protest high taxes placed on the product -- an act that was a precursor to the American Revolution -- might feel differently. The modern Tea Party movement, which takes its name from the event, held nationwide protests across hundreds of U.S. cities on April 15, 2009 to protest Tax Day -- was that also a mob uprising?
Not according to Coulter. In a June interview with CNN's Pierce Morgan, Coulter said the Tea Party movement is unlike the liberal mobs that led to Mussolini's regime and Nazism. However, she added that the modern Tea Party is much closer to the original Tea Party, which, and actually not as, not as much of a rabble as the original Tea Party, which as I point out, the Founding Fathers weren't wild about the original Tea Party curiously enough because they were so against mobs.
And yet, the Founding Fathers included a right to protest, defined under the First Amendment's right to peacefully assemble and petition the government with a redress of grievances, in the U.S. Constitution.
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Coulter also said Tea Partiers are obviously smarter than any liberal because I meet them and speak to them and they get my jokes.
My take: I get that a lot of people don't even want to argue about Coulter and her latest quote because they already see her as the joke, but the fact that people go along with her when she spouts incredibly violent rhetoric on a national platform is simply horrible for the GOP. Not only do some unknowing liberals and conservatives see that and assume she actually represents the common Republican, but it also adds to the partisan back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans that has effectively divided the U.S.
If Coulter ever reads this, she'll probably use my attack on her characterization of the Occupy Wall Street protests as another example of a clueless liberal that doesn't get her jokes.
Well, if concluding that a group of peaceful and multicultural protesters are similar to the stirrings of a horrific genocidal regime -- and then attempting to casually pass it off as fact on a national news program -- is a joke, it certainly wasn't funny.