Paglia pretty much says it all…UPDATED

I’ve written almost nothing about politics since the election because there was so much noise out there in the days following it that I thought it best to step back, reflect, process and pray. One thing I’ve come to realize is that the instant busyness of the right – the call to “win in 2010, win in 2012″ – before election day was even over, was off-putting to me. I think if you’re too busy scurrying and too busy moving from fury-to-fury, you’re going to make many missteps. Be a little angry, sure, particularly when the people who have been calling in “unteachably ignorant” and “nazi’s” for 8 years suddenly start saying “lets be fwends, we wuvs you.” But beware the easy descent into the ignoble hellhole of hate where the left has stewed for the past 8 years. There’s nothing worse than looking up and realizing that one has become the very thing one has hated.

Anyhow, I’m still processing and silent beyond noting that there is something obscene in anyone spending over half a billion dollars (some of it dubiously obtained and apparently free-from scrutiny; thanks, press!) to win a presidency (and oh, the press would be howling if McCain had spent it while Obama chugged along on public money), and that it will be interesting to watch the press (who begrudged every dime the RNC spent on Bush’s inaugural in 2004, and crabbed about celebrating “in a time of war”) and see how they’ll justify and promote the DNC’s inaugural excesses “in a time of war” (still) and while “economies are crumbling” and “people are losing jobs.”

But the rest of my thoughts on the Obama presidency are tied up in spiritual perspectives and I’m not ready to say much about them, yet.

I know this much: God is not done with any of us, yet, and that includes Barack Obama. Do I trust Obama? Not especially, and with reason. I have doubts about Obama, mostly because I suspect that Obama has doubts about America.

But that’s where faith comes in. I’m hopeful that some of Obama’s own doubts about America will disappear during the transition, that as he watches his gracious predecessor assist hugely in the peaceful transition of power and stands on the inaugural platform to address the nation and the world, he might – might – suddenly understand how truly great (and stabilizing) are the underpinnings of the nation, and work to preserve, rather than re-tool them.

His unfortunate leaking of the traditionally private discussions between incoming and outgoing presidents the other day, has dulled some of my hope, though, and has once more raised my suspicion that Obama is not here to serve America, first and foremost, but to serve himself, and then something else.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to discuss this president as we have every other president, without fear of retribution. We’ll have to see. Meanwhile, do read Camille Paglia, who says pretty much everything I want to say – on Obama, on the press, on America and on Sarah Palin – and who wonders, as I do, whether America might, someday, be allowed to see the birth certificate of the man it just elected to the most powerful office in the world.

Some excerpts:

In the closing weeks of the election, however, I became increasingly disturbed by the mainstream media’s avoidance of forthright dealing with several controversies that had been dogging Obama — even as every flimsy rumor about Sarah Palin was being trumpeted as if it were engraved in stone on Mount Sinai. For example, I had thought for many months that the flap over Obama’s birth certificate was a tempest in a teapot. But simple questions about the certificate were never resolved to my satisfaction. Thanks to their own blathering, fanatical overkill, of course, the right-wing challenges to the birth certificate never gained traction.

But Obama could have ended the entire matter months ago by publicly requesting Hawaii to issue a fresh, long-form, stamped certificate and inviting a few high-profile reporters in to examine the document and photograph it. (The campaign did make the “short-form” certificate available to, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.) And why has Obama not made his university records or thesis work widely available?

Pursuing the truth about Ayers, I recently rented the 2002 documentary “The Weather Underground,” from Netflix. It was riveting. Although the film seems to waver between ominous exposé and blatant whitewash, the full extent of the group’s bombing campaign is dramatically demonstrated…he news footage of the Greenwich Village townhouse destroyed in 1970 by bomb-making gone wrong in the basement still has enormous impact. Standing in the chaotic street, actor Dustin Hoffman, who lived next door, seems like Everyman at the apocalypse.

Ayers comes off in the film as a vapid, slightly dopey, chronic juvenile with stunted powers of ethical reasoning. The real revelation is his wife, Bernardine Dohrn (who evidently worked at the same large Chicago law firm as Michelle Obama in the mid-1990s)…

The mystery of Bernardine Dohrn: How could such a personable, attractive, well-educated young woman end up saying such things at a 1969 political rally as this (omitted in the film) about the Manson murders: “Dig it. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them. They even shoved a fork into a victim’s stomach. Wild!”
Given that Obama had served on a Chicago board with Ayers and approved funding of a leftist educational project sponsored by Ayers, one might think that the unrepentant Ayers-Dohrn couple might be of some interest to the national media. But no, reporters have been too busy playing mini-badminton with every random spitball about Sarah Palin, who has been subjected to an atrocious and at times delusional level of defamation merely because she has the temerity to hold pro-life views.

Just read it all and be grateful that Paglia – a true classical liberal – is saying this stuff from the left.

UPDATE: And this lady speaks a lot of truth, also

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Jeanette

    Yes. It’s just a shame she didn’t talk about these things before the election.

  • s1c

    I love Paglia.

    Hoping that your he-man is doing better.

  • Gayle Miller

    The One hasn’t done anything about the birth certificate issue because he doesn’t HAVE TO. So either it exists and he is legally entitled to be inaugurated (in which case he’s showing us the finger pretty blatantly unlike his usual passive aggressive method of laying his finger upside his nose) or he is NOT and he knows if he just does nothing, the controversy will blow away.

    We need to batten down the hatches and certainly make praying a priority. For the next 2 years this nation’s security is in danger.

  • revbrett

    And notice the *five hundred* (as of 1:30 PM central time) little southpaw Renfields who trundled their keyboards up to the loftiest of dudgeons and unleashed their high Salonic on Ms. Paglia declaring her to be outcast leper unclean! for daring to find any fault in their perfectly rational view of the Troglodyte Woman of Wasilla.

  • pendell

    Two thoughts, dear Anchoress:

    “Anyhow, I’m still processing and silent beyond noting that there is something obscene in anyone spending over half a billion dollars .. to win the presidency.”

    Erm … why?

    I can understand an obscenity in taking crooked money. It’s an obscenity to take even one dodgy dollar. But supposing the money is clean. You seem to be saying that it’s obscene to spend that much money to obtain the presidency no matter how it was gained.

    Why? Politics, like football and like war, is a competitive sport. Spend enough money intelligently, you’re the Green Bay Packers. Try to nickel and dime it, get a mediocre team.

    Isn’t who will be President a heck of a lot more important than who wins the super bowl?

    Same with defense. We have to spend more than a BILLION dollars for a B-2 bomber. It would be much, much cheaper to be second best. Is that really what we want to do, go to war with second-best, ‘adequate’ equipment?

    Same with the presidency. It takes money — a lot of money — to be the best. NOT ‘in the top 10′. Not ‘really good’. THE best. The #1 rated team.

    The prize for the winner is the right to set national policy for the entire United States — as well as much of the rest of the world — for four years.

    The prize for second place is … um … viagra commercials?

    Why would you NOT spend 2 billion dollars if you had it and it was needed to win?

    As far as the birth certificate flap, National Review addressed the matter.


    Brian P.

    [It's obscene because it's unnecessary; the man could have stayed with his public funding and won just as handily. As to the Birth certificate matter, hey, I never got on board that train, but as Paglia says, - all he has to do is present the damn thing and it's no longer an issue, right? -admin]

  • s1c

    OFF topic but did you see this via hotair? Catholics Bishops Fight Foca!

    Talk about just shutting down the catholic hospitals? Wow

    [Not a surprise. We talked about this before - how in the UK, Boston and SF, the church has gotten out of the adoption business rather than be ordered to participate in gay adoptions. They'll close the hospitals before they'll be forced to perform abortions. And it will come down to that. admin]

  • Dante Explorer

    As interesting as I found Paglia’s article, I was blown away by the letters. Spend some time on Salon or Kos, and look at the raw hatred, and yes evil, spewed by so many of the “tolerant” left. I’m beginning to believe their ilk will drive the reasonable progressives to conservatism.

  • dellbabe68

    I lova Paglia and read her religiously. haha! She is fair and sharp in her critism, and I’d love to take a class with her.

  • caite

    Her readers over there at Salon seem a little upset at her questioning The One. How dare she…I find it very amusing, their over the top reaction.

  • megthered

    This is totally off topic, sort of, has Obama buried his grandmother? I haven’t been paying much attention to the news, but I thought the press would have this on everywhere. Hasn’t she been dead over a week? Is he going to bury her or is it up to other family members and he will have a memorial later. I just think this reflects badly on the man. She was supposedly so dear to him and he treats her like this.
    Sorry for the off topic.

  • MaxedOutMama

    The Paglia article was funny, but I too find it confusing that she wasn’t writing this stuff before the election.

    I hope your husband is okay, and I hope you will be successful in getting him to have a more thorough workup. I let the Chief be stubborn for too long, and it nearly cost him his life.

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  • KIA

    Paglia really is impressive and refreshing to read. She’s one of the few on the left who would actually attact an audience in left talk radio. She would actually “debate” issues rather than scream, name call, or change the subject.

    I pray that she someday see’s the light of Christ. Can we even image a “Christian Paglia?”

    As for Obama’s grandmother, I was wondering myself what the deal was. With private jets and secret service, what’s the big deal; it’s a day trip.

    I’m not saying I agree with this, and perhaps I’m wrong to even write it, but someone told me that it was all over talk radio that Obama went to Hawaii to “take care” of the birth certificate. Even worse, some wonder, if he had his grandmother euthanasized (the same people of course who claim that she was at his birth in Kenya).

    I would hope not, but then, in his eyes and many on the left, they would see mercy killing as a good thing, withour without anything to “coverup.” Last but not least, the timing of her death was pretty amazing. RIP Grandma Madalyn

    Like you and Paglia say Anchoress, “why not just SHOW us?”

  • Mommynator

    As much as I appreciate Ms. Paglia (and she’s written some really enlightening things in the past), she still voted for Obama, didn’t she.

    This I do not understand. She finds that a person’s ethics and even morals are beyond the pale, but thinks they’re okay to be handed the nuclear suitcase.

    Disconnect, anyone?

  • exhelodrvr

    “She finds that a person’s ethics and even morals are beyond the pale, but thinks they’re okay to be handed the nuclear suitcase”

    I disagree with that thought (I voted for McCain, BTW). Personal ethics and morals are important, and can provide clues to how someone will perform in other areas, but not always. Jimmy Carter is a perfect example.

  • Acer Palmatum

    I love Paglia.

    She is the Ayn Rand of the Left.

    She is wrong on many issues, but her unflagging honesty makes her writing shine. She is also an astute observer.