When people go to see a magic show they know that they are being entertained by tricks. The people viewing the magic show pay good money to see things that they know are illusions. The problem with Ann Coulter and the poor conservatives who listen to her is that she knows that what she is doing is misleading but most of her audience (she must have one otherwise why would any one run her columns or buy her books?) probably doesn’t. Ann will say things like “Demographics are on our side!” Only she isn’t in the “our” in her statement or rather, misstatement. The money she gets paid to write her books and columns separates her from the people she is inflating with the fiction that conservatives are growing in numbers because conservatives, as she defines them (“Believers in religious doctrine, the traditional family and pro-life attitudes on abortion”) are “having appreciably more children per couple” than liberals. What this assessment fails to account for is the change in doctrine over time (Mormon beliefs about Blacks and for that matter Christian teaching about blacks, i.e. the churches position on slavery, or the role of women for centuries). It also doesn’t account for those who were taught certain things (i.e. separation is the best practice in neighborhoods and schools and churches) that their life experiences dissolve, as they experience how diversity is really a very good thing as it increases understanding and facilitates incorporation of valuable alternate approaches. Like the sawing noise and the hand movements which are part of the standard saw-the-women-in-half routine, the “birth-rate” argument includes the nebulous notion of “pro-life” attitudes of the non-existent growing Republican majority. Does she count people who believe that there should be rape and incest exceptions for abortions and those who use contraception in her “pro-life-attitudes” crowd? Or would this crowd be limited to Aiken-Apostles (Todd Aiken)
and Freiss-Freaks (Foster Freiss)
In a grand display using smoke and mirrors, Coulter-the-clown crows about population gains in Utah and Kentucky to the rapturous applause from the base which perhaps sees some contribution to a coming, gasp!, conservative electoral domination by conservative-baby-making machines in Utah and Kentucky. Wonder what percentage of the population increase in those states are blue state transplants bringing with them something other than “traditional” family attitudes or what percentage of those growing up , in, oh, say Utah, will be minorities. Stop reading here if you don’t want your illusion spoiled (“Minorities accounted for a third of the 40,940 total new residents added to Utah in 2012.”) Want more funny? The whole point of Coulter-Clown’s assertion about the supposed birth-rate gap was that Republicans shouldn’t waste their time trying to woe non-whites when unbeknownst to her feeble, fleeced, fans, “Minority children make up the majority of students in 15 of Salt Lake City’s 27 elementary schools. And nine of those schools have minority populations of 80 percent or higher, pointing to a diverse future.” And what really has me in stitches is how she is making so much money assuring conservatives who love her illusions because they think they’re real, like I did about wrestl’n as a kid, is that “in 2012, the white population in Utah grew by 1.2 percent. At the same time, the black population grew by 5.2 percent; the Asian community by 4.8 percent; Pacific Islander, 3.5 percent; Latino, 2.5 percent; and American Indian, 1.9 percent.” Oh, Anne, sto, sto, stop, you’re killing me. Ha, ha, ha!!! Worst magic I’ve ever seen. It so bad, it’s funny. By the way, did you read the one where she tried impersonating Angela Davis( Coulter s claims are erroneous(CL)5-17-2012) in her effort to show how white southern Democrats didn’t want backs to have guns while conveniently ignoring the fact(those pesky historical connections that provide context) that they are the ancestors of the present-day white southern Republicans? Ann you’ve got to do a better job of hiding the strings when you do the broom riding trick over facts.