What do you get when you invite outspoken conservative firebrand Ann Coulter to debate outspoken libertarian John Stossel in front of an audience of 1,000+ libertarian students? Fireworks, that’s what. On tonight’s episode of Fox Business Network’s Stossel, Coulter got into a heated debate with Stossel and the students over a variety of social issues, in the process calling libertarians “pussies” and receiving lots of jeering for her remarks. Once a year, Stossel (full disclosure: my former boss) tapes a show at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C. He typically brings on friendly libertarian guests,
Comments: I liked Ann Coulter better when she was sharp and funny. Now, she´s just bitter and crude.
and just how do Conservatives treat Libertarians on the issue of foreign policy? At the end of a sharp bayonet of course. It´s not only Libertarians that have been orphaned, but also conservative working class people. Their standard of living has steady eroded to the point that they´ve been forced on to Dear Leader´s food stamp rolls. If conservatives wish to save the country and the Constitution, they must do more than engage in racial and biographical fetishism, they must be willing to accommodate and/or thoughtfully respond to unorthodox political positions. Ideas still matter.
The bitterness is an issue, and although I don´t read her works, I like to know what her summation is on various issues, because she is usually right when everyone else says she is wrong. Ahem, Christie being an exception.
Stossel needs to quit smoking pot. Then he might understand that Gay Marriage is a vile perversion that undermines society and I don´t want my grandkids to even have to look at them. Disgusting. Run them out of town.
Ann is 100% correct. Thank you potheads for making it drug test a requiremen for employment. Thank you libertarian potheads for making drug addiction an expensive and "treatable DISEASE". And thanks especially for helping to re-elect the Jackass to a second term.
Between the two I fall farther into the Stossel camp. I hate druggies and I dont take gay marriages seriously, but the government has its claws into way too much. The vast majority of government business is none of the government´s business. I really think, in the balance, we would be far better off if they were out of most of it.
Stossel makes alot of sense in some areas, and so does Coulter.
I don´t just stop at Libertarians being pussies, it´s men in general who have become pussies. Sorry, but the guys from my generation and part of the previous generation only seem to get passionate when it´s the "game", whatever freaking game at the moment it is, the MPG of their car, and to be truthful, their POT. Libertarians at their best are small government, and their worst, its no rules and no policy, and the idea of "as long as it doesn´t hurt anyone else" is applied to everything, even when that is not a possibility.
Anyone over 35 reading this....go back and imagine YOUR dad being up in arms about his precious pot being legal. Imagine him campaigning to make sure that women can have late term abortions. Imagine your dad, instead of going out and working hard, worked instead to see how long he can stay on unemployment and "get what is owed him". Imagine having a dad who looks at the rich guy down the block with disdain and claims he only has that big house because he screwed over some other guy.
None of us could imagine having dads like that. Filtering it through the entertainment industry, men used to be like Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood. Now they´re like Jason Sudeikis and Jon Stewart.
In an earlier article, Angel Codevilla referred to our shallow meritocracy, obsessed first and last w/credentials. Coulter is an exhibit A; a Cornell Grad of no discernible achievement; other than running her mouth and penning ´Dick, Jane & Spot´ level harangues, masquerading as "conservative thought". Embarrassingly but predictably, her fans have never noticed.
It´s easy to attack Ann because you think she´s "bitter". The nancy-boys attacked Sarah Palin because she was too "shrill" -- Remember?
It´s easy to find something you don´t like then harp on it. It´s a lot harder to respond to the arguments that Ann made. The crowd there was quick to boo (the crowd here, as well), but few are able to answer the points she made.
Ann Coulter wouldn´t be one of my friends, and I cringe when she purports to be Christian because I don´t know any Christians who always seem on the point of gouging someone´s eyes out, but there´s not one word attributed to her in this article that I disagree with. OK, maybe one. I´d´ve prolly said eunuchs so MrsTucky wouldn´t get mad at.
Her objection to weed is that because taxpayers are paying for health care, we are picking up the tab for unhealthy behaviors. Well, last time I checked, Ann Coulter smokes cigarettes. The point is where do you draw the line? Tobacco? Alcohol? Chicken-fried steak?
You can have my chicken-fried steak when you pull it from my cold, dead, hands.
I didn´t watch the video, but got the sense that this was just a rollicking good time. Ann likes to mix it up and likely enjoyed being booed. I don´t always agree with her, and she is somewhat strident at times, but she´s right more often than not.
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