I apologize. I have misled the reader. I have read parts of Treason. At least the excerpts that are online for free.
Why donít we take a look at the list a partial list of sources in this excerpt. There 35 total for the section including 9 ibids. 9 ibids in 20
paragraphs? Any way lets continue.
1. Arthur Herman. Direct quote from McCarthy, no problem there.
2. Lynn Smith, ďPatriotism: One Size Does Not Fit All; A New Generation of Americans Must Assess What It Means to Be Loyal,Ē Los Angeles Times,
October 9, 2001. Hereís a link to the article.
Hereís the quote Coulter uses:
ďUniversity professors called patriotic Americans ďnaiveĒ and described patriotism as a ďbenign umbrella for angry people.Ē(2) Is it more patriotic to
love your country or to ridicule those who do as ďnaiveĒ and ďangryĒ? These are not questions impenetrable to human logic.Ē
Ann would have you think that ALL university professors think ALL patriotic citizens are naÔve and angry. Not the case.
Hereís the quote in the article:
ďPatriotism also has historically served as a "benign umbrella for angry people," Appleby said. Timothy McVeigh considered himself a patriot. Frank
Roque, an Arizona machinist, was said to have shouted, "I stand for America all the way," after his arrest in the drive-by shooting death of Balbir
Singh Sodhi, a Sikh, who was one of dozens of Arabs, Muslims and Sikhs reportedly attacked since Sept. 11.Ē
The university professor that she quotes was speaking of Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City bombing, offering her rationale for why Tim did it. The
professor wasnít making a statement about conservatives in general, but those that act out with a vengeance. Again Coulter uses quotes out of text to
3. Phil Gailey, ďBush Campaign Takes a Disturbing Turn with Attacks on Patriotism,Ē St. Petersburg Times, September 11, 1988.
Here's the article.
"WASHINGTON - George Bush says one of his goals as president would be to lead "a kinder, gentler nation." But Democrats complain that the campaign
Bush is waging against Michael Dukakis is keyed to a set of emotional issues that seed intolerance, distrust and suspicions.
In the America that emerges from Bush's Republican campaign speeches, there would be less tolerance of those who, for religious or political reasons,
object to patriotic oaths. Supreme Court rulings to the contrary, Bush speaks of a country where states could sanction school prayer and require
students and teachers to recite the Pledge of AllegianceÖ
Dukakis finally struck back last week, condemning Republican attacks on his patriotism as "garbage." He compared the charges to Sen. Joseph
McCarthy's Red-baiting during the 1950s.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, William Leuchtenburger, a historian at the University of North Carolina, said of Bush's attempts
to make an issue out of the Pledge of Allegiance: "I don't recall anything like this before. I don't think there has been an issue like this -
an issue so irrelevant to the powers of the presidency. When patriotism has come up before, it has been related to the powers of the presidency."
Flag-waving and patriotic speeches are a traditional part of American political campaigns, but some historians say they have not seen patriotism used
with such cynical force since 1952, when Richard Nixon, the GOP vice-presidential candidate, called Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic presidential
nominee, "a Ph.D. graduate of Dean Acheson's cowardly College of Communist Containment."
Hereís Coulterís statement;
In the 1988 presidential campaign, Vice President George Bush pointed out that his opponent Michael Dukakis had vetoed a bill requiring students to
begin their day with the Pledge of Allegiance. Liberal heads spun with the dark reminders of the McCarthy era. Dukakis instantly compared Bushís
dastardly trick of citing his record ďto Sen. Joseph McCarthyís Red-baiting during the 1950s.Ē(3) Despite this slur against his patriotism, Dukakis
said, ďThe American people can smell the garbage.(4).
Thereís three points to make here.1. Why the heck does Ann need to use two sources when the first article she cites includes the second set of quotes.
Iíll tell you why. She pads her research like this so people look and see, oh cite #349, she must be right. 2. Again taken out of context. Dukakisís
comments came after multiple Republican attacks that varied much further than just his comments on the Pledge of Allegiance, which just to note, were
based on Supreme Court decisions. 3. Her statement is actually false. Dukakis made the garbage comment first then the McCarthy comment. Why did she do
that, it fit better. Are we taking notes yet TC?
4. Peter Applebome, New York Times, October 30, 1988.
Hereís Dukakisís comments un-Coultered.
''Those Republican tactics haven't changed,'' Dukakis said. ''Just as they did to Franklin Roosevelt and Sam Rayburn, they're now attacking my
patriotism. And just as they did in the 1930's and the 1950's, the American people can smell the garbage.''
Here's Anne's writing;
Despite this slur against his patriotism, Dukakis said, ďThe American people can smell the garbage.Ē(4)
I guess I can go and on but I think you see what Iím talking about. My free excerpt ends with this fairly easy question.
While consistently rooting against America, liberals have used a fictional event forged of their own hysteria-ĒMcCarthyismĒ-to prevent Americans from
ever asking the simple question: Do liberals love their country?
TC, I actually agree with about half of what you post. But on Coulter Iím going to have to disagree. Her writing style maybe colloquial and enticing
but it is also misleading. I ask you to check some of the references yourself. As far as the premise to the book, I think that last paragraph tells me
everything I need to know. Do liberals love their country? WTF? Do you really think all liberals hate the US TC? We may all differ in viewpoints but I
donít think 50% of the nation is hell-bent on destroying the country, as Coulter would have you believe.
If Coulter isn't afraid of Conason, then why is Bill O'Reilly?
As far as the short-skirt comment. I just wanted some blood pressure increases. Looks like it worked.
[Edited on 22-8-2003 by kukla]