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The Agony of Agreeing with Coulter

perpetual victims overcome a chemical animosity

This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, June 07, 2006.

Let me get the bona fides out of the way first. I dislike Ann Coulter intensely. Her popularity is based almost entirely on those males who, decades ago, giggled when 1980’s mixed gender DJ teams mentioned genitalia every other sentence. Males love to hear their own prejudices and/or fantasies excused by attractive women.

Coulter recently had to lawyer up because she's been caught in voter fraud in Florida, having voted where she knew – since she had been told by authority – she could not. The case is moving forward and, if I can decipher the vengeance driven media, she’s nailed.

Recently, Coulter was on the Today show to talk about her referencing in print of the 9-11 widows as the "Witches of East Brunswick", and how some of them seem to enjoy their newfound power and status in unseemly ways. Didn’t see it and I haven’t followed that either, particularly, not reading Coulter and knowing this is something to distract attention from her criminal trial to come. I do know there has been serious efforts made to make the footprints – the entire area – of the old World Trade Center a memorial to the dead, and families of the victims have fought every move of the new building architects if the dead weren’t given priority of attention, which really translates to themselves. We are a victim obsessed society, now by template, and there is more than a whiff of validity to Coulter’s general disgust with professional widows, some of whom are now millionaires, an elevated estate above what they had any reason to expect, ever. And why, frankly, do they deserve it more than other innocents killed every day? Why does the office worker in the WTC deserve more honor and respect and his or her family huge cash payments than those who die in less spectacular fashion every day?

And I was particularly nauseated by the group of victims’ reps who wanted their city – hell, their nation – to foot the enormous bill of unused property at the tip of Manhattan as a demonstration of their importance, emotional extortion for selfish end. Just a giant park dedicated to the dead. I suspect Coulter has a point, over-inflated and, of course, risen to Canis Gigantis Festuceous level. It’s Coulter, after all.

I don’t know when it’s appropriate to inform our national Miss Havershams that victimhood has a shelf life, and many supposed victims are long past it. Although it pains many of you, it’s time to see Cindy Sheehan in the light of day. She is the epitome of the professional mourner, the griever who uses the death of her own son in Iraq for understandable temper tantrum but dishonest application. Her son, as the rest of her estranged family claims, held almost opposite political opinions than his mother. But Sheehan projects all her activity as a victim and absorbs it like a sponge. She’s thinking of running for office. And always and ever, it is the grieving mother for whom we, in turn, are to feel grief in perpetuity. Well, sorry, I briefly feel for her loss among so many others, that her son was killed in a botched war because he and we were lied to. And while an argument can be made she’s trying to keep the question out there, her palpable joy in herself conflicts with her cause.

In Golden, 12 anti-war protestors face jail time because they were convicted of blocking a Lakewood recruitment office and refused to stay on the public sidewalk. They seemed surprised that they were convicted and yet they weren’t allowed time to vent about issues not before the court, which is the way it should be but hasn’t been since the Chicago 7. That, of course, was their reason to participate: a moment in the sun where they could publicly absolve themselves from the actions of their government. But they were denied it. For this, they're to be victims.

The winning prosecutor took exception to the defendants comparing themselves to Rosa Parks, which they had. Deputy District Attorney Ben Sollars gave the defendants a blistering send-off: “How dare they compare themselves to Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks disagreed with segregation laws and so she broke them," he said. "These 12 defendants disagree with the war ... so they violated obstruction and trespass laws." Are you saying they should fling themselves in front of bombers and M-16’s in Iraq, Ben? They’d have to do a better job than the ridiculous “human shields” did three years ago. Or at least risk their life in some ways like Parks literally did before they could make the comparison?

I would. I’m not entirely sure about the war or these anti-war groups, some of whom supported war in Latin America in the past for socialist causes. They’re not really anti-war.

And like the WTC widows, and Cindy Sheehan, and so many others, they come prepared to perform as victims according to templates we can recite in our sleep. It pains me, but in general on these two different incidents, I think I’m with Coulter on this.