The Mix

Two quotes I can't let go of

Gems from Michael Ledeen and Ann Coulter
These two quotes by fringe right polemicists are sticking with me, and try as I might, I can't let go of them. I think they speak for themselves.

On what Americans are from Michael Ledeen: "Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not wish to be undone. They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our very existence -- our existence, not our politics -- threatens their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission." -- From his book “The War Against the Terror Masters”

On the environment from Ann Coulter: "God says, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'" -- Hannity & Colmes
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.
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