Random Thoughts on Spices and Their Political Uses

As Mary Poppins once said, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down…”

But this post isn’t about the election or the candidates. It’s about Ann. You know, Ann Coulter. I’ve gotten a lot of heat about my post the other day that said she needs a long vacation. Well, I stand by my statement. Everyone needs a vacation now and then. Even the voice in the wilderness.

To me, at least, Ann is an interesting animal. Smart, pretty, possessed of the ability to think on her feet and speak off the cuff. Whether you like/believe what she says is your business. She knows her territory and knows the pitfalls that come with it. She knows she will be misquoted. She knows her words will be twisted. She knows she will be reviled in the media – that anyone with a camera and a microphone is gunning for that one soundbite that will make her look like a schmuck, but make them famous. Regardless of the circus that surrounds her, she is a force to be reckoned with. She has no fear in stating her opinion – which (for those out there who have trouble remembering their basic civics lessons) is one of the foundational rights of this country. No wonder the libs hate her to the point of feral foaming at the mouth.

As Siggy said

Ann Coulter can be obtuse, insensitive and an ass at times, but in the end her remarks are no more obtuse, insensitive and an ass-like than the remarks of many of her critics.

When Jane Hamsher published an image of Joe Lieberman in blackface, many on the left found that racism perfectly acceptable- and decried the right’s ‘lack of sense of humor.’

Hamsher’s humor was meant to denigrate. Coulters remarks (whatever you may make of them) were meant to elevate. There is no possible way that Coulter’s remarks could be construed as deliberately malicious or offensive.

Lay off Ann Coulter- it’s a glass house thing.

The Anchoress took it a little further

Coulter obviously did NOT say Jews should be wiped off the planet, that was her host’s interpretation and the left, of course, will run with it. I don’t think she is an anti-semite at all, she is simply trying to express an idea, and doing it very badly, in an environment that is not going to help her do it better.

If you read that transcript to the end, you can see where Coulter tries to clarify her meaning, but she can’t, partly because a sound-bite forum is NO PLACE for that sort of deep and too-easily-misunderstood discussion, and partly because her host is, from his perspective as a Jew, unsurprisingly appalled by what he is hearing, by what he thinks Coulter is saying. This is a discussion best left to someone with a gift for diplomacy, a deft tongue and a loving, civil and collected mien. It is is absolutely not a discussion that should be undertaken by someone who has the deftness of a hammer and the mien of a German Shepherd. Coulter tries to explain, but keeps sinking further because she’s in deep waters, weighted down by time constraints and her own clumsiness; rather than rescuing herself, she’s taking down a whole ship!

[…] Some of my readers keep telling me Coulter is “brilliant,” but for crying out loud, this seems like a pretty dumb, clumsy and inarticulate interview and more importantly, it is a pointless exercise that makes Coulter (and Christians) sound like judgmental automatons who want to walk over you or convert you. This is going to be added to the ever-growing moral equivalence narrative that says “Christians are just like Islamic Fundamentalists!” A narrative that gets served up more often than you may realize by the deliverers of popular culture.

I hate to be cruel but as Hamlet says, I am cruel only to be kind. If Coulter can, she should try to make some sort of statement that apologizes for giving offense – because whether or not she meant to, she surely did manage it – and that does NOT sink her any further… and then maybe she should take a sabbatical, somewhere. Maybe go to Israel and hang out with these gals for a while, or something – try a little silence instead of her habitual, tiresome, trouble-making and incessant noise. end box (snag her links and text tags)

Mary Poppins would be appalled. But my thoughts weren’t so much about sweetness and light as they were about salt and light. This past SS lesson was on Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

In particular, when we discussed verse 13, my mind strayed to Coulter and stayed there. A pinch of salt works wonders. It enhances flavor and preserves food in some cases. Too much ruins the pot. If it’s soup you’ve got, you might could salvage it by adding more ingredients and broth, but if it was a fine cut of steak, well then, it’s just ruined. (Or “ruint” as my grandmother would have said). Ruin and waste are not fruits of the Spirit. Now Ann has to deal with the wreckage she’s left in her wake. Most Christians (seminary students or not) understand her comments as well as the context where they appeared (after all – we worship a Jewish carpenter!) until they morphed up into something with a life of its own. The ones spewing hate over her perceived “racist insult” are just showing their true colors. Members of the other team, they do what they do best.

Ann should take our advice – a few weeks of silence and rest will do her a world of good. The media won’t miss her. In fact, the minute her face is missing from the screen, they will find a new prey.

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