The Coarsening

It's not often that one can turn to a radical feminist to clarify just how wrong liberals can be, but Camille Paglia, who evaluates what is actually going on rather than repeating the mantra of the movement, comes through on occasion.
Paglia said the fact there was little racism in the campaign against Obama is evidenced by the fact he "was elected by white people." Criticism of Obama, instead, is coming because of the "strategic failures he is making in pushing this very important issue of health care reform."
Why can't other liberals admit this obvious fact? In the Spring, Paglia complained that conservatives needed to give Obama a break and to stop throwing every accusation in the book against him. However, there were some questions that she thought worthy of more investigation.
Yes, there were ambiguities about Obama's birth certificate that have never been satisfactorily resolved. And the embargo on Obama's educational records remains troubling.
Thursday, Paglia appeared on NPR and reiterated her concerns over accusations that conservatives are motivated by racial animus.
First of all, I reject the idea that the 'birther' campaign is motivated by racism. There may be racism among it, but there are legitimate questions about the documentation of Obama's birth certificate. I'm sorry, I've been following this closely from the start. To assume that all those signs about the birth controversy were motivated by racism, that is simply wrong.
Paglia's comments occur at about the 35 minute mark - but listening to more is well worth it, as it strikes me as rare in my sampling to have someone appear on NPR who is liberal but doesn't live in the zone and repeat the lies. Click here to listen. Syndicated Columnist Kathleen Parker also appears on program, and offers that voter anger over the summer was a real populist movement. And Paglia tells Tom Ashbrook that the cultural problem is not racism, but rather, the accusations of racism such as those made by Jimmy Carter this week.
This kind of language is the coarsening. Okay? That is the coarsening - that makes the brain stop. That pulls an emotional trigger, and everyone takes sides, and we go back to the little tribal groups that we were before. I as an Italian American despise the malicious vilification of my people as criminal on shows like the Sopranos... so I have a right to complain too. But the media hailed that as the greatest show in the history of television. So we all can be angry. Let's all trade anger cards, okay? That's getting us nowhere in this country.