Thursday, September 11, 2008

My cute cousin sent me this article by Camille Paglia today and wow, I think it makes some great points about Sarah Palin and the entire presidential race at the moment. I find myself fascinated by Ms. Palin and the notion that she is a mom to many and a hard working public servant.

I don't agree with Ms. Paglia or Ms. Palin either completely, but there are some deep thoughts in here we could all learn from. Its the close-mindedness of both parties that hurts us all. I am still sad about losing one of my oldest mama friends to this presidential race only b/c we couldn't civilly discuss both candidates equally. I hope she returns one day, but I am not holding my breath. People have forgotten that we can have conversations without always "campaigning."

Here is the article, sorry, blogger won't do links--you'll have to cut & paste:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/09/10/palin/index3.html

Here are 2 great excerpts:

"But the pro-life position, whether or not it is based on religious orthodoxy, is more ethically highly evolved than my own tenet of unconstrained access to abortion on demand. My argument (as in my first book, "Sexual Personae,") has always been that nature has a master plan pushing every species toward procreation and that it is our right and even obligation as rational human beings to defy nature's fascism. Nature herself is a mass murderer, making casual, cruel experiments and condemning 10,000 to die so that one more fit will live and thrive.

Hence I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue. The state in my view has no authority whatever to intervene in the biological processes of any woman's body, which nature has implanted there before birth and hence before that woman's entrance into society and citizenship.

On the other hand, I support the death penalty for atrocious crimes (such as rape-murder or the murder of children). I have never understood the standard Democratic combo of support for abortion and yet opposition to the death penalty. Surely it is the guilty rather than the innocent who deserve execution? "


and this:
"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."

3 comments:

vik4re said...

I'm sorry that you lost a friend over this. I too feel very passionately about what's going on in the political arena right now, but I also agree that it's gotten too dirty to feel good about. As you probably know, I come from the left side . . . but as strongly as I'm against most of Palin's ideology, I can respect her as a working mom and woman. I read this column after you posted it, and it's definitely food for thought. Lately I've been worried that my mind has become so closed that I can't even entertain the other side. At least now I know that I can still open it a little ;) Anyway, this is probably a bit too much for a blog comment, but . . . oh well --You can delete it if you need to

vik4re said...

Sorry - forgot to sign my name on that last one!

-Vanessa

Susan said...

You lost a friend over this? Isn't our ability to live in the same country and have different viewpoints without being punished the whole point? Isn't that what makes our country so great? Have we lost sight of the fact that our founding fathers (who had MANY faults themselves) were so brilliant that they made it possible for us to do so? They were freakin rock stars.

Everyone needs tp get over themselves. We have to agree to disagree. It's the foundation of our country - it allows us to be great, and free. It's the whole point!

I am with Vanessa. I too do not agree with much of Palin's ideology - but I have got maximum respect for her as a working mom and a woman, and to take on such a challenge.

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