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Ann Coulter And The Meaning Of Retard

October 25, 2012

Apparently Ann Coulter has put her foot it in once again and the liberal world is all atwitter.  The “offensive” tweet, which went out Monday night after the final Presidential Debate contained a double barreled attack on liberal memes. The tweet:

I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.

The first question which comes to mind is, of course, which party should be more offended by the comparison….those  with the  “intellectual disability” or the President of the United States?  Perhaps more germane is where the President, along with his former Chief of Staff and present Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, stands on the matter.

Back in early 2009 it was the President who was in hot water for suggesting on the Tonight Show that his less than stellar bowling performance might meet the standards of those participating in Special Olympics.  Find the full story and see the video here, including the fact that he later had to apologize to Tim Schriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics.

You would think that the administration might have learned a valuable lesson pertaining to political correctness, but just about a  year later it was Rahn Emanuel making the same call and offering the same apology to the very same person, Mr. Schriver.  Mr. Emmanuel was quoted as voicing his opinion that a particular strategy being pursued by certain liberal parties at the time was “F@#$ retarded“.

In the aftermath, Sarah Palin called for his firing.  Fox News reported:

Palin, whose youngest child, Trig, has Down syndrome, wrote that Emanuel’s expletive was “heartbreaking” and said his “degrading scolding” has been “completely ignored by the White House.”

“Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them — is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking,” wrote Palin.

On the other hand, in the same article we find some defending his remarks:

Fox News media analyst Bernard Goldberg, however, told Fox News that he believed the media coverage had been largely overblown.

“He’s not a bigot for using it, and this political correctness is totally out of hand,” Goldberg said.

Certainly a lot more can be said about the subject, but let me just agree with what Mr. Goldberg said back in 2010…

“He’s not a bigot for using it, and this political correctness is totally out of hand,” Goldberg said.


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