Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Camille Paglia is Always Amusing

Camille Paglia on Sarah Palin's debut, John McCain's rebirth, and Barack Obama's tenuous position | "Fresh blood for the vampire" | Salon Camille Paglia has to be one of my favorite Leftist authors. She irritates everyone, and often irritates the Left more than the Right. (Not that doing so is very hard to do these days, the Left being so orthodox.)

While comparing the McCain campaign to a vampire that won't die, she is sure to piss off the Right, but she keeps plenty of venom for the Left.

While most of the hard-core feminist movement (read Marxist, Leftist feminist movement) is denying that Sarah Palin is a feminist (some even deny she is a woman) Camille Paglia has a unique point-of-view.
Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna channeled the dominatrix persona of high-glam Marlene Dietrich and rammed pro-sex, pro-beauty feminism down the throats of the prissy, victim-mongering, philistine feminist establishment.
She even unloads some scorn on the Lefty blogs.
Over the Labor Day weekend, with most of the big enchiladas of the major media on vacation, the vacuum was filled with a hallucinatory hurricane in the leftist blogosphere, which unleashed a grotesquely lurid series of allegations, fantasies, half-truths and outright lies about Palin. What a tacky low in American politics -- which has already caused a backlash that could damage Obama's campaign. When liberals come off as childish, raving loonies, the right wing gains. I am still waiting for substantive evidence that Sarah Palin is a dangerous extremist. I am perfectly willing to be convinced, but right now, she seems to be merely an optimistic pragmatist like Ronald Reagan, someone who pays lip service to religious piety without being in the least wedded to it. I don't see her arrival as portending the end of civil liberties or life as we know it.
Now, aside from this paragraph, I wouldn't characterize this piece a recommendation to vote Republican in November, but Paglia has never had much good to say about the "rote agenda of never-ending grievances" espoused by the entrenched feminist establishment. (See the reference to Madonna, above.)

And make no mistake, Palin has entrenched feminism - along with their media sidekicks - running scared. She doesn't hold with their orthodoxy, yet she is unquestionably her own woman. She is pro-life, a hunter (not a "moose-shooter," even if certain Senators from Illinois want to characterize her that way), a mother, and Gov. Palin has a career. But she fails the litmus test of the Left.

And so the attacks of the Democrats commence. The real question, of course is whether they will have the impact the Dems hope for.
The witch-trial hysteria of the past two incendiary weeks unfortunately reveals a disturbing trend in the Democratic Party, which has worsened over the past decade. Democrats are quick to attack the religiosity of Republicans, but Democratic ideology itself seems to have become a secular substitute religion. Since when did Democrats become so judgmental and intolerant? Conservatives are demonized, with the universe polarized into a Manichaean battle of us versus them, good versus evil. Democrats are clinging to pat group opinions as if they were inflexible moral absolutes. The party is in peril if it cannot observe and listen and adapt to changing social circumstances.
This blog has been noticeably lacking in political posts lately because the insanity radiating from both sides of the political divide (and it is coming from both sides) has me once again disgusted with the whole process by which candidates are nominated. The reaction of the Dems to Gov. Palin's nomination does give me hope that there are more than surface differences between the two parties. That and my ongoing conviction that Barack "Don't Say My Middle Name" Obama would do everything in his power to bring Chicago-style gun control to the rest of the nation, will probably form some level of motivation.

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