In a moment of passion ( blatant disrespect) and fever( blind stupidity) Ann Coulter tweeted this the other night after the Presidential debates:
She felt impassioned enough to pointedly make those with disabilities who have no control over them the punchline of a joke along with the President of the United States not once, but twice.
To be clear and concise Ann, there are different stages to battle plans, concerts, and large auditoriums. President Obama (making a jump here in common sense) wouldn’t be so crass as to refer to cancer jokingly in talking about his opponent. There are actually different stages of chicken pox as well. If you think so then your sense of what is right and correct is more backwards than I could or want to imagine. The idea that a public figure such as Ann Coulter would even begin to use such terminology is deeply disturbing of several levels. I am a parent of a very bright, well-mannered, and beautiful child who has had no choice but to live with Autism. While my daughter isn’t “retarded” in many people’s eyes she is a special needs child. The very fact that a public figure would use a disorder/condition as a punchline is sad and twisted. My daughter and many like her have shown extreme courage and bravery in the face of bullies, doctors, psychologist and doubter to prove to the world that they are more than what they live with. The ability of my child and many like her to show the world that they are not the one’s who suffer from disorders, but those who poke fun and jest are is inspiring. The world is not as we knew it as children, it’s crueler, harsher, and more insulting thanks to people like Ann Coulter. I know the pain in the hearts of those who suffer and lived through their debilitating conditions. That’s because I’ve seen it in the eyes of that child who has hurt from some bullies word’s while I did my best to hug those tears away. Coulter’s words are insulting and deeply sadden me not just because of the words she chose to use in a severe lack of judgement but, because of whom they are directed towards.
I have been alive to watch six men take the seat in the Oval Office. While I haven’t seen as many sitting Presidents as many voters have I have been witness to something greater and more terrible than anyone could imagine. The President of the United States office and position demands (rightly so) the respect from every single American that is able and should give. Regardless of whether you like him or not it’s a position that should be respected with the utmost dignity and class. Never before in my life have I watched and seen the blatant and purposeful disrespect directed toward the President. It’s a sad state of affairs when foreigners give more respect toward our President than some of our own citizens. I’m not saying going out of your way to kiss his feet but, you should at least respect the position and the person holding it. What are we teaching our children and the rest of the world if we are willingly and purposefully disrespecting the leader of our country? There will be many saying I am bemoaning a fact that has long been occurring. Maybe your right, but keep this in mind. Never before has the nationwide disrespect of a sitting President been so unchecked, unfettered, and encouraged. Americans have never before felt the right to false bravado and right to disrespect the President worse than they would a fellow neighbor or stranger. It’s sad and a troubling sign of the direction we are headed as a country, society, and nation. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should celebrate the fact that you are.
I hope that no matter what you party you support and candidate you vote for you join me in one simple incredibly important way. It’s my hope and prayer that we as adults, as parents, and as Americans restore decency to our country and shores. I remember as a child being several reprimanded for making fun of those who couldn’t help their suffering in their disabilities. I hope that the current young generation of Americans will have memories in the future of being corrected swiftly and justly when making such egregious, classes, and disrespectful errors. I hope that you take the courage and charge to show them that no matter what job, office, or position one holds, blatant disrespect will not be tolerated.