First thing I did was a house search, like a Passover chametz housecleaning for foods and items that don’t belong.
These items happen to be books – books that were written by Ann Coulter. I needed to find them to trash them or burn them.
Too bad. Because she happens to be a fine, witty writer, a strong Conservative – a gal after my own heart.
She was near the top of my list of brainy blonde Conservative bombshells, and politically, we work the same beat.
That is why this hurt, like a kick in the gut – from a valued and trusted friend.
If that is what she is thinking – what about the rest of them who are my trusted political allies?
Disturbed that Israel was getting too much favorable attention at Wednesday’s GOP Debate (at most, four mentions by my count) she went live on twitter to chastise the candidates: “How many f---ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?” Was she sharing a personal or a public point of view?
Sure enough, she gained approving tweets. Hundreds took her at her word. Make that two words.
Amazing how it just rolls off the tongue.
I’ll tell you this. I was shaken. I thought we had something together. Now – hell, I don’t know.
It takes no courage to be politically incorrect against the Jews. They won’t riot or chop your head off.
I am stumped. I am also worried. I certainly feel betrayed. What I feel mostly is this – lonely. I know. Sounds strange.
But when someone like this, someone like Ann, turns on you – now whom do you trust? Who’s coming out next?
When you lose your trust, your trust in people, that is the beginning of sadness and loneliness.
It’s bad enough that I am at odds with my Leftist acquaintances, but now I feel estranged from the Right. Are we really on the same side?
Or is this what they too are thinking – “f---ing Jew?”
This can lead you to think that truly you are alone and that everyone around you (politically speaking at least) is false.
You will always be special, and not in a good way, but in Ann Coulter’s way. What part of shared Judeo/Christian heritage doesn’t she understand?
Apparently the Judeo part.
For some, that is too much to swallow, and it comes to warn that there will always be something, something to keep us from unpacking our bags entirely, something to keep us from taking a deep breath of having arrived, for “in each generation,” says our tradition, “there will always be Ann Coulters to rise up against us.”
Will we always be visitors?
Something – I hear something about the courage to take on political correctness.
But would she ever say that about people who practice other faiths? Show me that courage and that tweet.
I used to find Coulter’s smart-alecky approach to speech and to writing so refreshing. Now I find it so stale.
It takes no courage to be politically incorrect against the Jews. They won’t riot or chop your head off. Worst they will do is quit buying your books.
Where do we turn when we can’t go Left or Right? That, friends, is loneliness, and I say “friends” carefully.
Suppose you spend a night with Ann Coulter but in the morning, behold, it’s Roger Waters!
That’s what happened to me this morning.
New York-based author and bestselling novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. His novel “Indecent Proposal” was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His latest thriller is “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Website: www.jackengelhard.com