I am not a political person. I am what would probably be termed a one-issue person, or maybe two issues---public education and autism support. I have never watched Ann Coulter, although I am kind of vaguely aware she's some kind of political speaker. I didn't watch the debates. I look up enough information on each candidate's views to see where they stand on the issues important to me, and vote based on that, regardless of party.
That is why I was surprised at my reaction to reading about what Ann Coulter tweeted after the debate. You can read about it here---- link ----- She used the shortened form of the word "retardation" as an insult to Obama. I usually don't let things like that bother me; the whole "sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me" bit is something I believe. But something about this one really got me. Why would a public figure, albeit public for being in the media, feel it was okay to use that word as an insult? And it makes no sense. It isn't even a case of someone speaking the truth in a harsh way. But even if it were, WHY IS IT AN INSULT?
My daughter is retarded. She is autistic and retarded. I don't give that word power. It's a true word, not the most politically correct one to use, but a true word. Why in the world would that ever be an insult? It means she has trouble learning, and probably always will. It means she is behind other kids in terms of being able to talk. It means in her case she can't read or write or do math. It says nothing about character. It doesn't mean she's a bad person or even a good person. It means something about how she learns. Do we say "blind" as an insult? Or "deaf"? Or "tall"? Or "blue-eyed"? Of course not. They are just descriptions. Why would you think that using a word that is a way to describe my daughter's intelligence is an insult? It just hurts. It feels like I would feel seeing someone kick a puppy. It made me feel like I was being punched.
Here's a picture of my daughter. I invite Ann Coulter to come to my house and see her, and call her that to her face.