Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ann of the Seven Brain Cells

Regarding Ann Coulter's latest work of obscenity, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism" . . .

Ann Coulter is incapable of constructing an actual argument. She starts with ad hominem attacks and remains stuck there.

What is Ann Coulter's vision of a just society? What are her religious beliefs? What are her ethical priorities and why? She never explains any of this in any of her books, one suspects, because she's never given these matters much thought. Nothing resembling an actual idea has ever appeared in any of her repetitious screeds. She can only obsessively, and pornographically refer to Bill Clinton's sexual misadventures or Ted Kennedy's drinking or spread lies about the military records of those who, unlike her, have actually served their country.

If you must, for the umpteenth time, you can read here how Coulter despises liberals, gays, feminists, public school teachers, professors, 9-11 widows, Moslems, etc., etc, etc. Ann Coulter reminds me of the old Mad Magazine definition of a bigot: Someone who loves their country and hates most of the people living in it.

And I do wish progressive male commentators like Michael Moore, Al Franken and others would stop referring to this albino, horsefaced skeleton, who vaguely resembles the villain in "The Da Vinci Code" as "pretty," or "attractive" or as having "great legs." Not only are these descriptions inaccurate, they are sexist. Ann's looks are irrelevant. The fact that so hateful a book could sell so well is sobering and a terrible indictment of the reading public.

Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

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