While discussing the individual mandate in the new health care reform, Ann Coulter claimed that not only is the mandate unconstitutional but Republicans should come out and impose a mandate that all citizens should be forced to buy a gun and a bible and that "there's a lot more evidence that owning a gun and a Bible is better for society than owning health Insurance."
Where to start...
Ok, first off, no. Personally, I believe health care is a human right, and I am in favor of universal health care for all. I don't understand how someone can stand up and tell people that they don't deserve access to health care because they can't afford to purchase health insurance. Also, what evidence?! I would love to see that evidence. Now, let's get back to crazy pants up there...
Aside from the fact that buying a gun and a bible is diametrically opposite to buying health insurance, it's not even a rational comparison. A bible is the last thing I want people purchasing with their guns, even though I'm sure they can be found in the same aisle. But, there's no reasoning with the ever-contemptible Coulter, so I, therefore, urge her to practice what she preaches.
Since the government "can't force" Americans to purchase affordable and non-discriminatory health insurance, she should give up her own health insurance in protest and solidarity. After that she should (making the wild assumption that she already owns both a gun and a bible--and probably more than one of each) pick up her bible with her gun by her side and start to actually read and take to heart some of the filth that's in there.
Maybe when she gets around to, "And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (Genesis 9:5-6), among other passages, she'll really consider what god's asking of her and she'll notice that she has the necessary tool to fulfill his will, and maybe--just maybe--she'll wish someone would have fought for her right to try to heal from or attempt to survive "god's will."
But, then again, maybe not--being the devoted Christian that she is. She'd probably be totally understanding of "god's will" and the "privilege" of health care.
And, before there's some major outrage, I don't want nor am I encouraging Ann Coulter or anyone to commit suicide for god or any other reason. I just wish she would THINK for once and recognize what the real problems are in society today. And, if she wants to take away others right to health care, then she should have hers taken as well.
As a side note, whether she had any influence on the South Dakota legislators idea of a "joke" remains to be seen.