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    Default This makes me feel good - but also a bit angry

    Apparently on Oct 22, in referencing the Presidential debates, Ann Coulter chose to refer to President Obama as a "retard" on Twitter. A young man named John Franklin Stephens took exception in an open letter. Mr. Stephens is an athlete in the Special Olympics and acts as a spokesperson for that organization. His letter:

    Dear Ann Coulter,

    Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren't dumb and you aren't shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

    I'm a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public's perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

    I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.

    Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.

    Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.

    Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.

    After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.

    I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.

    Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.

    No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.

    Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.

    A friend you haven't made yet, John Franklin Stephens Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia

    Somehow, I am much more impressed with Mr. Stephens than I am with Ms. Coulter.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    What a great letter, especially written by a ret . . . no, it really was a great letter so I won't demean it with sick jokes.
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    Yes, when you're consumed with this much rage, no one is immune to her insensitivity.

    John Edwards got it this time.

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    I pm'd this to gof about a week ago and he tore AC(a cxnt) a new one on FaceBook and by mail !! My nephew Ricky was profoundly mentally Retarded and i loved him very much-my older sister kept him at home for over 40 years then placed him in a group home where inside of a month he walked past the sleeping attendant and stuffed a loaf of bread in his mouth and choked to death . Gof can relate .
    You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

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