Ann Coulter is nothing if not provocative. Her new book, from the front cover (title: “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America”), to the back cover (full-body pic of the leggy commentator) is proof that the “Queen of Conservatism” isn’t going gently into that good night.
Coulter’s premise in this latest bestseller is that liberals operate like the mob and unleash mobs on society, fomenting unrest and class warfare. It isn’t a pretty picture, but “Demonic” is necessary. Why? Because the mob doesn’t fight fair, and Coulter provides plenty of scary evidence that the rest of us better wake up.
Also, at the outset, more provocation: Coulter dedicated her new book to Peter Thiel. Google him.
It seems that Coulter’s religious views inform her writing to some degree, and she begins “Demonic” by recounting from the book of Mark the encounter Jesus had with the demonic. The entities inside a tormented man told the Son of God that their name was “Legion.”
Coulter then goes on to make a highly relevant point: “The demon is a mob, and the mob is demonic. It is the nihilistic mob of the French Revolution; it is the revolutionaries who seized control of Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century; it is the Maoist gangs looting villages and impaling babies in China; it is …” well, you get the idea.
Interestingly, Coulter lists a few more gangs in this section, and they morph into those roaming American streets and institutions. See how seamlessly she made that transition? Commie thugs in Europe have the same ideals as those in America. Scary.
Coulter also clearly identifies the man behind the curtain: “The Democratic Party is the party of the mob.”
The machinations of anarchy are mainstream in America today. It is why a seemingly clueless, detached president stands idly by as the “super-committee” fails to come to agreement. In other words, it’s all by design.
Besides boldly unmasking the enemy, Coulter also has a knack for making shadowy realities clear to the average person. For example, she explains that climate change is a major tenant of the left-mob, because it enables them “to seize taxpayer money for solar panels and compact fluorescent light bulbs.”
Among Coulter’s many great strengths is her ability to recall facts about history and point out the importance of context. All this while maintaining her acerbic wit.
In Chapter 8 (“The American Revolution”), she makes a distinction between the American Revolution and the French Revolution – since the left doesn’t. Coulter lets us in on the fact that while the mobs in France were “guillotining the aristocracy and clergy,” the American version was “based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history.”
You won’t hear that in a university today. Coulter is at her best when she clears away these myths that serve to blur the lines between republics and totalitarian regimes.
Chapter 14 is also very revealing, and helps wake some of us who are guilty of its premise: the overwhelming need to be liked and accepted, which, when left unchecked, can lead to a “join the mob” mentality.
Coulter, who’s seen loads of people in elite circles desperately want to be liked, recognizes the importance of teaching our young people to think critically and independently.
She also provides some cautionary tales, such as the one about financial reporter Jim Cramer, who in 2009 had the temerity to criticize Obama’s agenda as “radical.” He went on to say Obama’s policies constituted the “greatest wealth destruction I’ve seen by a president.”
Right on cue, John Stewart began ridiculing Cramer, who, by nightfall, was beginning to come around after being emotionally waterboarded by his liberal friends. Cramer’s appearance on “The Daily Show” then seemed like something out of the Kremlin, circa 1947, as he paid homage to the host and to the president he’d rightly criticized!
Such passages are part of the reason I think “Demonic” should be widely read, and I specifically encourage adults to get copies and give them to young people, particularly college students, who deserve to know that the mob wants to use them for cannon fodder in the war to destroy America.
Coulter scores big with “Demonic.” Put a copy in someone’s Christmas stocking –brimming with capitalist goodies – so we stand a better chance of witnessing the leftist mob put a sock in it.