Author and columnist Ann Coulter doesn’t disappoint in her latest book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America. It is Coulter’s seventh book, effectively making her the Rush Limbaugh of conservative authors. With more than 3 million books sold, Coulter is the 21st century’s most successful conservative writer, male or female.
Guilty picks up on the theme of liberals using victims as shields from criticism first outlined in Coulter’s Godless. In her new book, she puts together a solid, substantial case against the phony victims created from liberal fantasies.
Coulter writes, “Liberals are the masters of finger-wagging indignation. They will wail about some perceived slight to a sacred feeling of theirs, frightening people who have never before witnessed the liberals’ capacity to invoke synthetic outrage. Distracted by the crocodile tears of the liberal, Americans don’t notice that these fake victims are attacking, advancing, and creating genuine victims.”
In recent interviews on CBS and NBC, morning show anchors Harry Smith and Matt Lauer were outraged at Coulter’s audacity to detail the Left’s effort to promote single motherhood via out-of-wedlock births and its well-established effects on children. The morning show hosts’ moral outrage is usually reserved for important issues affecting Americans like bears and Scientology funerals. On January 7, the NBC’s “Today Show” reported, “Discovery’s ‘Bear Feeding Frenzy’ accused of fostering negative stereotypes.” On January 6, CBS’s “Early Show” was morbidly obsessed with the details of Scientology and the funeral for John Travolta’s son.
When liberals call the Guilty book chapter on single motherhood “controversial,” it’s to prevent people from accepting the truth about single motherhood. In the chapter, “Victim of a Crime? Thank a Single Mother,” Coulter writes, “The most worshipped figure in modern America is the ‘single mother.’ Politicians tout their programs by explaining how they will help single mothers.” Coulter notes that every issue from bankruptcy reform to home oil prices to Hurricane Katrina are only sufficiently tragic when it affects single mothers. Likewise, movie after movie promotes single mothers as sassy, independent women that deserve praise for dumping the deadbeat dad. Never mind that it was her choice to sleep with some loser.
The Left has elevated single motherhood as a coveted, noble distinction despite the problems it causes for the true victims — their children. Coulter writes, “Here is the lottery ticket that single mothers are handing their innocent children by choosing to raise them without fathers: Controlling for socioeconomic status, race, and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is that he was raised by a single parent.”
Any outrage from critics of Coulter’s latest book should be dismissed because “the damage of single parenthood is so blindingly obvious even liberals have started to admit it.” They’ve used the same statistics as Coulter to garner taxpayer funding for midnight basketball, after-school programs and other temporary Band-Aids for a problem they’ve nurtured for the past 30 years.
Like Coulter’s other books, the assertions made in Guilty are thoughtful and well-researched. Ideology aside, conservatives’ greatest asset in defeating the Left is LexisNexis. Coulter has a knack for identifying the Left’s behavioral patterns better than any other writer. Liberals have mastered the art of elaborate kabuki theater, complete with costumed victims. Unbeknownst to them, Coulter has their script.
Another important theme in Guilty is liberals’ incessant need to be praised for their bravery (or “courage” as Dan Rather would say) in order to elevate them to victim status. Coulter points out that members of the mainstream media fall over themselves to congratulate other liberals for “speaking truth to power” to their friends and allies. For example, the Dixie Chicks were praised by the media for insulting President Bush on a London TV show. Coulter writes, “Attacking Bush in London was courageous in the sense that it is courageous when performing in Chicago to openly defy the crowd by shouting, ‘How about them Bears?!!!’”
After reading Guilty, one may ask what becomes of a country where victimhood becomes a status symbol. Thankfully, there are people like Ann Coulter who do speak truth to power rather than cower and run to their allies. Coulter excitedly agreed to face-to-face interviews with those criticized in her book. Democrat presidential candidates insisting they were ready to be the leader of the free world couldn’t even gather enough courage to face Brit Hume and Chris Wallace in a Fox News presidential debate.
Coulter recently told me, “If you are doing anything worth doing, liberals will hate your guts, too. It’s a big help if you tend not to mind that sort of thing. For equanimity in the face of blind hatred, I recommend Christianity.”
Unlike liberals, Coulter knows there’s no dignity in wallowing in victimhood.
*Cartoon by Brett Noel.