I would appeal to you and to all Americans to acknowledge that the preservation of our liberties ultimately depends on the enormous dedication and self-sacrifice of our military men and women. I am very concerned about whether our professional class, buffed all shiny and bright by the elite universities, will ever have the will or stamina to defend this nation in a major crisis.
As I’ve predicted for years, we’re heading down a path similar to that of the Roman empire — with a sophisticated, self-absorbed upper class enjoying a comfortable lifestyle whose security is maintained by a career military (increasingly foreign or mercenary as Rome declined).
The mountain of rubbish poured out about Palin over the past month would rival Everest. What a disgrace for our jabbering army of liberal journalists and commentators, too many of whom behaved like snippy jackasses. The bourgeois conventionalism and rank snobbery of these alleged humanitarians stank up the place. As for Palin’s brutally edited interviews with Charlie Gibson and that viper, Katie Couric, don’t we all know that the best bits ended up on the cutting-room floor? Something has gone seriously wrong with Democratic ideology, which seems to have become a candied set of holier-than-thou bromides attached like tutti-frutti to a quivering green Jell-O mold of adolescent sentimentality.
And where is all that lurid sexual fantasy coming from? When I watch Sarah Palin, I don’t think sex — I think Amazon warrior! I admire her competitive spirit and her exuberant vitality, which borders on the supernormal. The question that keeps popping up for me is whether Palin, who was born in Idaho, could possibly be part Native American (as we know her husband is), which sometimes seems suggested by her strong facial contours. I have felt that same extraordinary energy and hyper-alertness billowing out from other women with Native American ancestry — including two overpowering celebrity icons with whom I have worked.
You see, “progressives”: normal people, even some highly educated, urbane liberals like Paglia, are fascinated by racial differences and characteristics and love to talk about them. Human beings have openly speculated in this fashion for thousands of years. I like to call it “pop anthropology.”
Such speculation is generally harmless, often entertaining and even a boon to public safety — I’m old enough to remember when “racial profiling” was known as “a description of the suspect”.
But progressives, in their frustrated, fear-fueled mania to alter basic, unalterable human nature and declare the “normal” abnormal and vis versa, not only deny this, they’re ostentatiously “offended” by the very idea. It’s funny to witness self-described “humanists” try to deny such a key component of human nature.
Anyway, please read her entire column. My readers will appreciate Camille Paglia’s responses to the letters she’s received about her “controversial” penultimate column calling abortion murder.