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The other day I was in Costco, when I saw Ann Coulter's new book "If Democrats had any brains, they'd be Republicans." Since I don't consider myself a Democrat, the title didn't bother me. In fact, considering the Dem's leadership's accommodation of the President on eavesdropping, Iraq, Mukasey, and so forth, I think the title has some unintended irony. If they were Republicans, they'd look good to their fellow party members for advancing the President's agenda.
I digress. The reason I'm blogging about this book is for this part of the opening paragraph:
Uttering lines that send liberals into paroxysms of rage, otherwise known as ‘citing facts,’ is the spice of life. When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that’s when I feel truly alive.
That made me feel very sorry for her. It's an existence I would not wish on an enemy. That she could only feel truly alive and presumably happy when someone else was in the pain that comes with fury. That someone's happiness could be completely externally based. That if a time came when she was ignored instead of pilloried, she might lose the ability to feel alive. It reminded me of the stories of people who drink blood or cut themselves that they might feel alive.
I think the best thing that fans and foes alike of Ann Coulter could do would be to send cards and flowers to her publishing house or agent with the message that you hope she gets well soon. That she would be healed of the need of others fury to make her feel alive. That you will be praying, meditating or whatever your faith tradition leads you to do that her joy and zest from life can become inner-directed. If you're a Christian like me, you might cite Galatians 5:22-23:
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Why fans and foes? Because if you're a fan, you want what's best for Ann and that's helping her to find joy from within and from her relationship to God. In her current state, she's at the mercy of liberals. They stop shouting, Ann's days grow dim and stale until she can connect with something better.
If you're a foe, every angry word and gesture fuels Ann's pleasure and zest for life, encouraging her to attack you more. You haven't gotten her to stop yet, have you? Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Do something unexpected. Who knows how she'll react? At least it'd be different.
I thought about starting a Facebook group to start a "Get Well Soon" campaign, inspired by Lage Raho Munna Bhai, but when I searched for Ann Coulter groups, I found there were already 450 groups dedicated to Ann Coulter. Judging by the titles of the first 90 groups, there is an awful lot of "hot spittle" being generated on Facebook, which suits Ann just fine, judging by her own words. Sadly, it is also fueling her illness and keeping her dependent on external validation.
So, I'll just put my observations out there and if you feel led, let other people know that Ann Coulter needs our love and prayers to get over her self-professed need for others rage.