Friday, February 22, 2013

Ann Coulter Just Called Me A Pussy

Alright, alright, calm down. I don't usually use that kind of language on my blogs (despite having the mouth of a sailor in my day to day life), but when something so ridiculous happens I feel the need to be true to the situation. If you agree with libertarian principles, which Ms. Coulter clearly knows nothing about, then she just called you one, too. Ms. Coulter was recently a guest of John Stossel as he hosted his show live from the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC. I recommend watching the clip here, and maybe reading the attached article, before continuing with this rant.


First let's take on her view of war. Coulter follows the Republican Party line on almost everything (rather than any consistent principles) so it is no surprise to hear her say that certain countries need a regime change, and specifically one aided by the United States. If you can't see where training and arming insurrectionists is a bad idea, then clearly you aren't aware of Osama Bin Laden or Benghazi. Libertarian principles extend to foreign soil. They have no borders. Just because you think someone is crazy does not give you a blank check to go in and remove them. While basic libertarian principles do not preclude force in response to force, the fact remains that the United States as the police of the World is not sustainable, and never has been. Libertarians are not isolationist, but we believe the best use of the military is the direct protection of our interests without causing unintended consequences.

Oh, Ann. So reductive, narrow minded, and crude. No shock that you have a huge audience. Coulter, like all statists, likes to pigeonhole third parties to reduce their appeal to otherwise libertarian leaning voters. Clearly, I, like the young lady who asked about our individual right to put whatever we want into our bodies, am kowtowing to "liberals" (ironically, much of the live audience likely considers themselves classical liberals) by believing that wasteful government spending on a failed war on drugs needs to stop and that the best way to go about this is to legalize many, if not all, drugs on a federal level. I've never taken an illegal drug in my life. I can say without a doubt that I am for legalizing all drugs on a federal level (even though most of them would likely remain "controlled substances"). This is not because I want to start smoking pot (too laid back already) or doing heroine (hate needles), this is because I am, like so many libertarians, unerringly pro-individual rights. Ms. Coulter is for individual rights only rarely.

And so we continue the individual rights theme. The gentleman who asked the question about marriage equality nailed it. It is not the concern of the government who you enter into any otherwise legal contract with. A marriage is a legal contract and, to the government at least, little more. So why should they get to say who you enter into that contract with. As long as they are able to consent to the marriage they should be allowed to marry. I myself, having recently popped the question to my girlfriend, envy gay males who, in my observations, get to skip the pricey diamond as well as the cost of the wedding dress and save that money for the honeymoon. Here again Coulter chooses to say we are trying to impress certain people when in reality it is a huge part of our consistently principled views. Besides, her contention that gay marriage breaks down the family unit is based on exactly zero evidence. It would also be fun to poll the liberty loving audience and see how many had divorced parents which she claims the "liberals" like so you are reliant only on the government. My bet is at least 60%.

As she answered one question which the crowd liked, she said that the crowd was very "mob-like" for "alleged individualists." The truth of the matter is that it's amazing when you can get more than one libertarian to agree with anything another libertarian says. Which means, in short, Coulter probably deserves some sort of libertarian unification award. Although, as a representative of the statist institution it's no shock that she was able to draw forth a unified front from a group of self proclaimed libertarians.

Ann, in response to your allegations of libertarians being "pussies," I ask you this, who has more courage, one who is willing to stand up for their principles and be consistent in them, or one who bases their principles on an ever changing party line? It's sad that I am already probably on more government watch lists than you (this may be a bit cocky), Ann, since you are a real threat to the liberty of the citizens of this country.


Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.

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