I didn't want to reference other full articles as much as I didn't want this to be a political blog but these desperate times when you can be called un-American when protesting the government by Liberals...(Didn't liberals invent marches and protests?)
Anyway, Paglia articulates my chief frustrations - Obama isn't acting like the leader you all thought (and I secretly hoped) he would be. The White House "Truth" websites, calling protesters "mobs" and accusing them of scare tactics, pitching a bill that isnt really a bill yet since there arre not details, etc...If the Right was doing this (and they did do it and they were called out for it) the media would be tripping over itself in glee and burning them at the stake...Oh wait, the right is still being burned at the stake by the media anyway...
Obama's Healthcare Horror
Paglia grew up in Syracuse - so even though she loves Obama I like this article.
"Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. 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. 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."
"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."
"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."