Camille Paglia's Prescient Meltdown

Camille Paglia is an American author, social critic, liberal democrat and Obama supporter. Paglia, a self-described “dissident feminist”, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. since 1984.

With a gushing schoolgirl crush, she supported Obama. Less than eight months after Obama was sworn in, she blasted him and his pals with jilted-lover fury: "tissue of hearsay and scattershot worst-case scenarios", "soulless collectivism", "blatant totalitarianism", "strange servility toward big government", "most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation", "Cloud Cuckoo Land", "chaotic, rapacious solipsistic Congress", "juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys", "Spanish Inquisition”, “dissidence is heresy", and our favorite: "Kafkaesque brave new world" -- a Kafka and Huxley combo describing ObamaCare.

This is from her meltdown in her last column, “Obama’s Healthcare Horror”, on August 12, 2009 in Salon magazine's Town Hall. After this she abruptly abandoned her wildly popular column, with no explanation. Enjoy!

Tagline: “Heads should roll — beginning with Nancy Pelosi's!”

Yes, she was a big Obama supporter:

...At the North American summit in Guadalajara this week, President Obama resumed the role he is best at -- representing the U.S. with dignity and authority abroad. This is why I, for one, voted for Obama and continue to support him....

His staff "bordered on horror":

...Having said that, I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy.... Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys....

She was not a Hillary fan:

Case in point: the administration’s grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation. Ever since Hillary Clinton’s megalomaniacal annihilation of our last best chance at reform in 1993....

Nor a fan of the Democrat Congress:

...But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises — or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress?...

She was right about Obama's support of the plan:

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.... (Not a Bush fan either!)

She nailed "keep your doctor" in 2009!

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing....

She was right about the bureaucracy and the cost overruns:

I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

She is on target with the stimulus as well:

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support....

She knew who to blame for the healthcare disaster:

...Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical, because Democrats control the White House and both Houses of Congress. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves.

She knew Congress would not have the same plan:

No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

Democrats at the whipping post for calling those at the town meetings "mobs". Ouch!

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the “mob” -- a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic Party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

She takes a whack at the "drift of my party towards soulless collectivism":

As a libertarian and refugee from the authoritarian Roman Catholic Church of my youth, I simply do not understand the drift of my party toward a soulless collectivism.

And there some backhanded admiration for Sarah Palin’s “Death Panels”:

...This is in fact what Sarah Palin hit on in her shocking image of a “death panel” under Obamacare that would make irrevocable decisions about the disabled and elderly. When I first saw that phrase, headlined on the Drudge Report, I burst out laughing. It seemed so over the top! But on reflection, I realized that Palin’s shrewdly timed metaphor spoke directly to the electorate’s unease with the prospect of shadowy, unelected government figures controlling our lives. A death panel not only has the power of life and death but is itself a symptom of a Kafkaesque brave new world where authority has become remote, arbitrary and spectral. And as in the Spanish Inquisition, dissidence is heresy, persecuted and punished.

Here is her take on the President’s promotion of ObamaCare:

What was needed for reform was an in-depth analysis, buttressed by documentary evidence, of waste, fraud and profiteering in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Instead what we’ve gotten is a series of facile, vulgar innuendos about how doctors conduct their practice, as if their primary motive is money. Quite frankly, the president gives little sense of direct knowledge of medical protocols; it’s as if his views are a tissue of hearsay and scattershot worst-case scenarios.

This started out as constructive criticism but became a full voiced rant. She nailed so much in so few words. It is remarkable how her points have become even more evident and her predictions have proved to be startlingly accurate. No Republican has been as been half so succinct!

See Ms. Paglia’s full column here.

You can view CM Phillips work at his new blog at http://www.CMPhillips.com or email: cm@cmphillips.com

Camille Paglia is an American author, social critic, liberal democrat and Obama supporter. Paglia, a self-described “dissident feminist”, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. since 1984.

With a gushing schoolgirl crush, she supported Obama. Less than eight months after Obama was sworn in, she blasted him and his pals with jilted-lover fury: "tissue of hearsay and scattershot worst-case scenarios", "soulless collectivism", "blatant totalitarianism", "strange servility toward big government", "most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation", "Cloud Cuckoo Land", "chaotic, rapacious solipsistic Congress", "juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys", "Spanish Inquisition”, “dissidence is heresy", and our favorite: "Kafkaesque brave new world" -- a Kafka and Huxley combo describing ObamaCare.

This is from her meltdown in her last column, “Obama’s Healthcare Horror”, on August 12, 2009 in Salon magazine's Town Hall. After this she abruptly abandoned her wildly popular column, with no explanation. Enjoy!

Tagline: “Heads should roll — beginning with Nancy Pelosi's!”

Yes, she was a big Obama supporter:

...At the North American summit in Guadalajara this week, President Obama resumed the role he is best at -- representing the U.S. with dignity and authority abroad. This is why I, for one, voted for Obama and continue to support him....

His staff "bordered on horror":

...Having said that, I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy.... Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys....

She was not a Hillary fan:

Case in point: the administration’s grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation. Ever since Hillary Clinton’s megalomaniacal annihilation of our last best chance at reform in 1993....

Nor a fan of the Democrat Congress:

...But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises — or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress?...

She was right about Obama's support of the plan:

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.... (Not a Bush fan either!)

She nailed "keep your doctor" in 2009!

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing....

She was right about the bureaucracy and the cost overruns:

I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

She is on target with the stimulus as well:

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support....

She knew who to blame for the healthcare disaster:

...Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical, because Democrats control the White House and both Houses of Congress. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves.

She knew Congress would not have the same plan:

No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

Democrats at the whipping post for calling those at the town meetings "mobs". Ouch!

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the “mob” -- a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic Party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

She takes a whack at the "drift of my party towards soulless collectivism":

As a libertarian and refugee from the authoritarian Roman Catholic Church of my youth, I simply do not understand the drift of my party toward a soulless collectivism.

And there some backhanded admiration for Sarah Palin’s “Death Panels”:

...This is in fact what Sarah Palin hit on in her shocking image of a “death panel” under Obamacare that would make irrevocable decisions about the disabled and elderly. When I first saw that phrase, headlined on the Drudge Report, I burst out laughing. It seemed so over the top! But on reflection, I realized that Palin’s shrewdly timed metaphor spoke directly to the electorate’s unease with the prospect of shadowy, unelected government figures controlling our lives. A death panel not only has the power of life and death but is itself a symptom of a Kafkaesque brave new world where authority has become remote, arbitrary and spectral. And as in the Spanish Inquisition, dissidence is heresy, persecuted and punished.

Here is her take on the President’s promotion of ObamaCare:

What was needed for reform was an in-depth analysis, buttressed by documentary evidence, of waste, fraud and profiteering in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Instead what we’ve gotten is a series of facile, vulgar innuendos about how doctors conduct their practice, as if their primary motive is money. Quite frankly, the president gives little sense of direct knowledge of medical protocols; it’s as if his views are a tissue of hearsay and scattershot worst-case scenarios.

This started out as constructive criticism but became a full voiced rant. She nailed so much in so few words. It is remarkable how her points have become even more evident and her predictions have proved to be startlingly accurate. No Republican has been as been half so succinct!

See Ms. Paglia’s full column here.

You can view CM Phillips work at his new blog at http://www.CMPhillips.com or email: cm@cmphillips.com