Camille Paglia writes:
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.
How dare Palin not embrace abortion as the ultimate civilized ideal of modern culture? How tacky that she speaks in a vivacious regional accent indistinguishable from that of Western Canada! How risible that she graduated from the State University of Idaho and not one of those plush, pampered commodes of received opinion whose graduates, in their rush to believe the worst about her, have demonstrated that, when it comes to sifting evidence, they don’t know their asses from their elbows.
Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology — contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.
And “bourgeois provincialism” disguised as internationalist sophistication, which makes it both delusional and grotesque. And actually, as blogger Mark Shea has been saying for years, homosexuality is “the ultimate civilized ideal of modern culture,” but still…
Do read the whole thing.
I’m sick of the insipid bourgeois neuroticism in current, careerist American poetry. Bring back the psychotics!
Indeed. I’d love to help out (heh) and I miss writing poetry but feel guilty if I try. It’s a waste of precious time.