Sunday, December 28, 2008

Has Ann "My Triumph Over Kwanzaa" Coulter simply flipped out, or is she just desperate for attention? Is anybody listening?


by Ken

No, I'm not making this up. The Coultergeist has actually penned a post called "My Triumph Over Kwanzaa!" -- and just to be absolutely clear, the exclamation point is part of the title.

The obvious question is whether our Annie is jealous of fellow wingnut Bill O'Reilly's monopoly on the War on Christmas, or is this intended as an hommage? (Just so you can keep your scorecards straight, Billo is against, Annie for hers.) This screed begins:
Is it just me, or does Kwanzaa seem to come earlier and earlier each year?

This year, I believe my triumph over this synthetic holiday is nearly complete. The only mentions of Kwanzaa I've seen are humorous ones. Most important, for the first time in eight years, President George Bush appears not to have issued "Kwanzaa greetings" to honor this phony non-Christian holiday that is younger than I am.

From here, I'm afraid, the discussion degenerates immediately into a miasma of lies, poisonous delusions, free-floating hate, galloping racism, and the kind of fake-Christian-girl bullying ignorance that you like to think makes any true Christian cower in shame. Normally we wouldn't pay any attention, but we do hav

Setting aside the question whether all "non-Christian holidays" are phony (or could she be saying that it's not a real non-Christian holiday? huh?), apparently word hasn't reached our Annie about how "synthetic" a holiday her beloved Christmas is. Jesus, scholars seem quite agreed, was born in the summer (I believe July is the current star-aligned favorite), and most of the traditions associated with the American holiday (and I mean apart from the shop-till-you-drop ceremony), stuff like the "Christmas" tree, derive from Northern European pagan traditions.

But what would lead an individual, no matter how inappropriately self-important and flat-out deluded, to invest herself in a war on something as harmless as Kwanzaa? Only our Annie could answer that, but the possibility I would like to believe is that year by year she becomes increasingly desperate for attention, and therefore has to raise the stridency volume level. Hey, it got some attention from us, didn't it? (Actually, our attention was drawn by a tip from ReidReport. JReid freely owns that he has mixed feelings about Kwanzaa himself, but as an African-American he has no doubt who the Coultergeist's target is.)

It's too grim to think that there's actually a ready audience out there for this pathetic, misanthropic nonsense.

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At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people only know a few things about Kwanzaa; one is that they don't know much about it, the other is that they don't know anyone that actually celebrates it.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger dave™© said...

That's right, no one celebrates Kwanzaa.

I'm sure most bigots DON'T know anything about it, though.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Well, there's also all the Solstice stuff, and the Mithras stuff, and Saturnalia that were synthesized into XMas...

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that's right. Google celebrates everything, Dave. Forgive me.

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't give Annie any air time or attention, same with Newt, Tom Delay, The Duggars, etc....

Just Freakin' ignore them, there is no reason to entertain their insanity so that they can continue to rake in the money. Anyone who pays attention to them is complicit in contributing to their wealth.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger KenInNY said...

You've certainly got a point about ignoring our Annie, Anon, and I thought long and hard about breaking my normal silence on the subject. As I noted, there is that chance that she's escalating the craziness our of increased desperation for attention.

And yet there are points at which you get the feeling that the craziness has gotten so, well, crazy, that you're afraid to just let it lie, especially if it's finding an audience.

It would be one thing if she was belittling or ridiculing Kwanzaa, but she's making a case -- an utterly loony case, but a case nevertheless that may sound "historical" to people who don't dabble in actual history -- that it is not only a racial plot but a clear and present danger to Christianity and to the republic, which she passes off as one and the same thing.

This all challenges not only fact but some pretty fundamental principles of our constitutional government. Maybe I would have done better to leave the subject alone. I don't know. It's just that allowing these people to operate without challenge among people without much will or ability to see through their nonsense . . . well, like I say, it worries me.

Finally, thanks, A Tabla Rasa, for fleshing out the point about the ingredients from which Christmas was concocted.

Best to all,

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Bil said...

Well Anne's doing something right, 5600 hits!

There's something ABOUT that Adams Apple, my pants are tight.


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