"Her un-American beliefs will be proven wrong

Ann Coulter has done it again.

The woman who called Arabs “ragheads” after Sept. 11 and who said Muslims should be converted to Jesus at gunpoint is in hot water after calling presidential candidate John Edwards a “faggot” during a speech on Friday.

Although every Republican and Democratic candidate denounced her remarks, Coulter is unrepentant and vows to make even more bold statements in the future.

Let’s leave aside the fact that anyone who looks as much like a drag queen as Coulter shouldn’t be making comments about anyone else. Her Adam’s apple is bigger than Joe Pesci’s and her hands are larger than Cal Ripken’s.

It would be wrong to point out the fact that more homosexuals have served in the Bush White House than any other or that Republicans are involved in more gay sex scandals than Democrats.

Sexual orientation is not the issue here, nor is it with Coulter. It’s all about distracting people and confusing the facts.

The conservative ideologies of hatred and destruction have led the country down the wrong path. Six years of Republican economics and war have ruined America — and there’s two more years of it to come.

The truth is that when conservatives get caught doing wrong, they try to change the topic to something else, anything else. And so Coulter is spewing homophobic remarks to keep people focused on her instead of the failed policies she advocates.

The conservatives talk about a media that is biased towards the left — while the fact is that conservative organizations control almost all of the newspapers, magazines and radio and television networks.

They talk about the Clintons’ misdeeds as if Bill is still in the White House. They talk about anything they can, except the fact that the Bush Administration has been a miserable failure that has damaged America for generations to come.

When Bill Clinton lived in the White House, we had eight years of unparalleled economic prosperity at home and peace with honor abroad. His reward for that was to be impeached by the Republican Congress.

One would have thought that conservative pundits would have held George W. Bush to a higher standard, but instead he’s gotten a free pass from them as he’s trampled all over the Constitution.

Coulter’s not going to get in trouble with her fellow conservatives for her remarks. That’s because there’s one set of rules for them and another set for everyone else. That’s the conservative way.

They’re allowed to attack anyone they want, using whatever terminology they want, but when someone criticizes them, they’re labeled as people who hate America.

To them, anyone who points out that we invaded Iraq based on lies is someone who hates the troops and wants Osama bin Laden to win. Anyone who questions the president’s logic has his or her patriotism questioned.

This kind of nonsense has got to stop. It didn’t work when Sen. Joe McCarthy tried it in the 1950s, it didn’t work when Richard Nixon tried it in the 1970s and it’s not going to work now.

That’s because the vast majority of Americans are fair people and they eventually see through smear tactics like this. Americans don’t want ideology based on hatred. They expect more from our leaders than that.

Our most successful and beloved presidents haven’t been purveyors of fear and hate; they’ve been fair-minded optimists, ones who look at America and see what’s right about our country, not just what’s wrong.

From Franklin Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton, the presidents who’ve made a difference are the ones who’ve appealed to our sense of decency, not our prejudices.

And so while attacks such as Coulter’s may succeed in the short term, in the long run they are destined to failure. The conservative movement has to rid itself of such merchants of hate if they want their policies to gain a wider acceptance.

America was founded on the principles of fair play, not slurs. When George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, he promised to be a “uniter, not a divider.” It turned out to be just one of a countless number of lies he’s told, but people bought into it because that’s what we want.

We want someone to unite America and lead it based on our most honorable traditions, not our most shameful ones.

And our next president, whoever that is, is going to need the backing of a united country if he or she wants to clean up the mess the current president will leave behind.

Ann Coulter knows no shame. She will say or do anything to make a buck. Her beliefs will be proven wrong and she’ll go back under the rock from which she crawled.

Until then, the best we can do is to denounce bigotry wherever it occurs and hope for a better day — one where the principles of American fair play are followed by all.

That day isn’t too far away. Just hold on a little longer.