Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

LITERATURE; Right and Left

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

LITERATURE; Right and Left

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In her new blockbuster, Treason, Times-Union syndicated columnist Ann Coulter characteristically does not flinch from taking a strong position, this time on patriotism.

Here's the drill, according to Coulter. Liberals criticize America. Conservatives defend the nation. Liberals shriek "McCarthyism!"

She defines the term: "McCarthy- ism means pointing out positions taken by liberals that are unpopular with the American people."

At the same time, she says, "Liberals unreservedly call all conservatives fascists, racists and enemies of civil liberties."

Coulter does not merely allege. She cites footnoted facts and gives instances to support her thesis.

Wielding humor and hyperbole in equal measure, Coulter goes into the history of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The fact that his name has become an "ism," Coulter says, is "the greatest Orwellian fraud of our times."

The threat of international communism was frighteningly real at the end of World War II. The Russians had spies in the government and they stole the secrets to making an atomic bomb.

She cites Democrats who agreed with McCarthy, including John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman, who she said "unquestionably loved his country."

She is absolutely on point about how the extreme left blamed the victims for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, saying it was American "arrogance" that brought it about. Arrogance apparently equates to believing in freedom, liberty and equality.

Inevitably, some will object to her use of the labels "liberal" and "conservative" and demand definitions. Fair enough. Socrates often said, "Define your terms. …

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