Paglia insights.Salon.responding to readers.various topics

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http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/01/14/obama/index1.html

Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is a pro-life atheist intellectual, an independent thinker not enslaved to ideology as are so many on the Left. (Read her critiques of Ayers for example.) I especially appreciate her willingness to support Palin and criticize Obama, even though she supported Obama for President, and often disagrees with Palin. As a conservative Christian I find her thinking and her writing enlightening, demonstrating we can all learn, most frequently, and most profoundly, from those from ‘the other side.’ However, Camille, you deny the deity of Christ, indicating the New Testament was purposefully conjured to promote Christ as Messiah, and the historical Jesus probably never existed. May I invite you to consider:

http://www.allaboutthejourney.org/prophecy-about-jesus.htm

https://allanerickson.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/a-case-for-the-existence-of-god/, also

Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

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Otherwise…provocative reader input & Paglia responses:

NEW PRESIDENT, CONGRESS, THE FUTURE

“Obama will certainly have his hands full with his band of bozos, and because they control Congress and the White House, whichever way they pull themselves, so go the rest of us.”

Paglia reply:

“Surely both parties should be rooting for Congress to dig in its heels and assert its constitutional authority vis-à-vis the White House. The U.S. was meant to have a vigorous tripartite government, which has been weakened by the post-Nixon slide toward an ad hoc imperial presidency. The legislative branch shouldn’t roll over and play dead like a cutesy pound puppy.

On the other hand, I agree with you that Congress has come across lately like a clumsy, flea-bitten bunch of “bozos.” Its poll ratings are lower than stinking swamp mud. I have a soft spot for the nimble Nancy Pelosi, a master of the ladylike stiletto thrust, but Harry Reid is a cadaverous horse’s ass of mammoth proportions. How in the world did that whiny, sniveling incompetent end up as Senate majority leader? Give him the hook! As for the “radical change” that you fear, it’s hard to imagine (short of a crisis-driven imposition of martial law) how that will ever happen in our sluggish, consensus-driven political system.”

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FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

“I am a conservative lesbian living in New York. I would love you to address how the Fairness Doctrine has become a viable possibility for the liberal agenda, given that it is simply modern-day censorship, and also taking into account the undeniably left-leaning media. How can the left not see its hypocrisy?”

Paglia reply:

“If there’s anything that demonstrates the straying of the Democratic Party leadership from basic liberal principles, it’s this blasted Fairness Doctrine — which should be fiercely opposed by all defenders of free speech. Except when national security is at risk, government should never be involved in the surveillance of speech or in measuring the ideological content of books, movies or radio and TV programs.”

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MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING

“Kind of makes me think man-made CO2 emissions will turn out to be the biggest case of nonexistent WMD since Saddam Hussein’s nukes. (Or maybe even bigger!) What do you think?”

Paglia reply:

“Wonderful letter! I became a vocal opponent of the onrushing Iraq incursion when I was shocked by the flimsiness of evidence presented by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the United Nations in 2003. Similarly, I have been highly skeptical about the claims for global warming because of their overreliance on speculative computer modeling and because of the woeful patchiness of records for world temperatures before the 20th century.”

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HIGHER EDUCATION

“As a college writing professor, I see many students who clearly don’t want to be on the university path but are there because their parents want them to be and are willing to foot the bill. It’s all so misdirected. Wouldn’t our society and citizens be better served if we quit thinking of vo-tech types as “flunkies” and second-stringers?”

Paglia reply:

“I agree with you completely! The American system of higher education has become an insane assembly line — bankrupting families to process hapless students through an incoherent, haphazard and mediocre liberal arts curriculum.”

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Resources:

“Closing of the American Mind” by Allan Bloom

“The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek

https://allanerickson.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/the-pursuit-of-perfection-in-law-and-politics/

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