I love my country. This nation of our, despite our issues, is still the greatest in the world; a beacon of hope; a land of opportunity. Politics have become more partisan in this country, but we still believe in democracy. We disagree, we debate, we sometimes even raise our voices, but in the end, we go to the voting booths to decide our future instead of picking up pistols and rifles.
It’s okay that we disagree with each other when it comes to national security, women’s health issues, economic responsibility, gay and minority rights, defense spending and so on. We are a nation of over 300 million people – we are bound to disagree on a lot of things.
Obviously Ann Coulter and I are on different sides of the aisle. Honestly, I don’t think there is a single thing that I agree with her on and you know what? That’s okay. Wherever one is on the political spectrum, that’s okay because we all have the right to have our voice heard, even someone as extreme as Ann.
But my daughter Brooke is not on the Political Spectrum…she’s on the Autism Spectrum. I remember struggling when Jess and I had to fill out forms for the Department of Developmental Services, which at the time was called the Department of Mental Retardation. From the perspective of the State, she falls into that category.
Last night, after the third debate, Ann Coulter tweeted this:
I know that people still use the term “retard” as a slur. I know that there will always be people who don’t see anything wrong with using the word, and honestly, if you are in the privacy of your own home, I refuse to tell you what you can or cannot say…
…but if you are a high profile pundit; someone who somehow still seems to have sway over those in her party, maybe, just maybe it’s time to stop using playground terms from the 1950′s.
Ann, I know that there is a whole segment of the population that you don’t care about and that you think are completely wrong. I get that. I don’t agree with you, but I get that. But when you use words like “retard” you are marginalizing and minimizing a whole segment of the population – a population that includes my little girl.
Jess is always saying that we need to just ignore Ann Coulter when she makes these kinds of statements – that this is what she feeds off of; the negative response – almost like some weird demon creature that feeds off of negative human energy. For a very long time I have disagreed with her (Jess) because I feel it’s important to engage those that disagree with your world view. But this is not the first time Ann has used the word “retard” and based on her past behavior I can’t imagine that it will be her last. Maybe, just maybe it’s time to completely ignore her. There was a flood of negative response the last time she tweeted “retard” and it didn’t seem to have any effect on her. I was one of the thousands that tweeted back at her condemning the tweet. Here I am writing a post (believe me, I see the irony), but after this I am done, and I hope you are too.
What’s the most powerful thing you can do to stop someone who obviously craves the spotlight and will do anything to get in it?
If we don’t respond, then she has nothing to feed on. If we don’t respond, she doesn’t get the satisfaction. No doubt, she will crank it up several notches to get our attention (extinction burst anyone?), but we must hold firm and simply ignore Ann’s desperate cries for attention, because in the end, that will be the only thing she understands.