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Hey, Ann Coulter: Really? Again?

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(Read caption) Ann Coulter called President Obama a "retard" in an Oct. 22 tweet. Here, Ms. Coulter addresses the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Feb. 10, 2012.

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Words are all we have, to paraphrase the Bee Gees. Words express ideas. Words change lives, for better or for worse. Words like "I Have a Dream” or “Tear down this wall” or more recently Malala Yousufzai's "I have the right of education" are revolutionary.  Words that are slurs are marginalizing, hurtful, destructive. Choosing our words wisely isn't about being politically correct. It's about being better human beings.  

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If the late Sen. Joseph Welch were here today I think he’d say, not to Joe McCarthy, but to Ann Coulter, “have you no sense of decency?”

For any of you who haven't heard, Ms. Coulter has referred to our president not once but twice, on Twitter as a "retard.”  President Obama has been called names before, so I’m not worried about him.  He can take it. He’s a forgiving man. That being said, it's reprehensible to treat a US president with anything but respect even if you disagree with him.


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