By Calvin Palmer
Ann Coulter is devoting her energies to demonizing the healthcare reforms of President Barack Obama, but true to form her fulminations result in a comedy of errors.
Her column, as usual, is aimed at the uneducated and uniformed. Anyone with half a brain quickly realizes that Coulter suffers from verbal diarrhea and her column contains few cogent or constructive thoughts but merely serves as a testament to her own hysteria.
One of her running gags, and let’s admit it her columns are comedy material, is that the health care reforms will pay for the sex-change operations of liberals. Read into that what you will but Coulter clearly has an anti-gay agenda. She strenuously denies such a charge but her outpourings would seem to suggest otherwise.
Rather than have you, dear reader, falling off your seats with laughter at all of her preposterous psychotic assertions, I will restrict myself to the following short extract from her recent syndicated column:
Tiny little France and Germany have more competition among health insurers than the United States does right now. Amazingly, both of these socialist countries have less state regulation of health insurance than we do, and you can buy health insurance across regional lines — unlike in the U.S., where a federal law allows states to ban interstate commerce in health insurance.
U.S. health insurance companies are often imperious, unresponsive consumer hellholes because they’re a partial monopoly, protected from competition by government regulation. In some states, one big insurer will control 80 percent of the market. (Guess which party these big insurance companies favor? Big companies love big government.)
Liberals think they can improve the problem of a partial monopoly by turning it into a total monopoly.
Let’s pause for a few moments to regain our composure.
Okay. Now you are sure you will not dissolve into laughter again?
In the bizarre world that Coulter constructs, which incidentally bears little resemblance to the one we live in, France and Germany are both described as “socialist” countries.
France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, was formerly the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement, the French conservative party. Germany’s Chancellor is Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrat Union, Germany’s equivalent of the Republican Party. Coulter’s description is as absurd as describing the United States under George W. Bush as a “socialist” country.
Now can you see why Palin and Coulter get along so well. Their grasp of the real world and its political players is tenuous to say the least.
I doubt an eight-year-old would use “tiny little” to describe anything, although an exception could be made for Coulter’s brain since tautology seems to be her forté.
Moving on, I was drawn to Coulter’s description of U.S. health insurance companies being a partial monopoly.
Excuse me but there is no such thing as a “partial monopoly”. If a monopoly is only partial it cannot, by definition, be a monopoly, can it, Coulter?
Go and stand in the corner with your back to the rest of the class. The dunce’s hat is clearly optional in your case because everyone know you are one.
“Big companies love big government” and the party of big companies is, of course, the Republican Party.
But in Coulter’s parallel universe the Republican Party speaks for the man on the street or she tries to convince those stupid enough to take her seriously that it does.
It must be to the eternal regret of Coulter’s parents that they wasted all that money sending her to Cornell University. Of course, it also does not speak highly of the quality of education she received at that institution.
Sometimes I wish I could write the rabid nonsense that Coulter spouts. I certainly welcome the money she earns. But if I stop and think about it, I would much prefer to earn a living based on truth, honesty and integrity.
Coulter will no doubt go to her grave without ever having learned the meaning of those values. What a sad indictment.