Conservative commentator, Ann Coulter, following the Presidential debate tweeted, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard”. To people who are intellectually challenged, this is a very unkind word. Coulter is actually a very intelligent and informed person but she makes comments that are beneath her. Republicans and conservatives in particular, are continually using angry, offensive language which only hurts their credibility. The fact is, when you’re intelligent and good at what you do, you don’t need to rely on insults. Angry, helpless, and ignorant people use hurtful, racist language to make their point. Coulter, who appeared on Piers Morgan, defended her comment by saying, “It’s offensive according to whom? Moron, idiot, cretin, imbecile, these were exactly like retard, once technical terms to describe people with mental disabilities. Changing the word doesn’t change the definition. I was not referring to someone with down syndrome. I was referring to the president of the United States.” Let me be clear, free speech should not be limited, even if it’s offensive. It’s our most important and cherished rights but offensive insults, have no place in the political discourse. There are enough legitimate issues to raise, without having to insult the President of the Untied States. The Democrats and liberals, did this to President Bush and it was no more acceptable at that time, then it is now. Perhaps it’s simply an attempt at getting attention as bad publicity is better than no publicity.