I love this telling bit of the interview. For 8 years liberals have whipped up a fearful state of our lost liberties, and if you denied it - you were labeled racist, homophobic or sexist. A good example of this came from Amanda Marcott's exposition on Justice Rhenquist's death:
Who would have thought it would be the Democratic Obama administration removing freedom and choice, while burdening our children and grandchildren with increasing debt.
JH: I'm looking forward to that one. One of the things I do like about your columns is that you're unapologetic. Why do you think so many conservatives talk like they're walking on eggshells and are afraid of offending anybody, especially the liberals that are trying to take our heads off?
MA:Well, I think we're learning. I think other people like Ann Coulter are setting a pretty good example. I've been critical of Ann in a couple of columns and I think with good cause -- but, I think that she's got one thing very, very right and that is that you never have anything to gain from apologizing to a liberal because they'll always use your words against you. They're not principled individuals. They don't really believe in any kind of principles and we simply have to begin to band together and to understand that as they become more arrogant and obnoxious and brazen and use terms like "racism" and "sexism" and "homophobia" over and over and over again.
Those words will eventually lose their meaning and it's going to become easier for us to speak out in the future as they overuse these terms and the public becomes desensitized. So, I think we just have to hit that tipping point where people realize in a simple, rational calculus that they have more to gain than they do to lose.
I think the power of words like "racism" and "sexism" and "homophobia" to control people's behavior is beginning to dissipate. I think if we look at the recent Perez Hilton/Carrie Prejean incident, you'll see a little bit of what I'm talking about. The tide is beginning to turn and people will become emboldened by that.
While you are at it - check out John Hawkin's post "20 Hypocrisies of Liberalism" - you will be better for doing so!