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Camille Paglia explains why she will be voting for Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, for president
wordpress ^ | October 12, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill

Posted on 10/12/2012 4:16:13 PM PDT by grundle

Camille Paglia explains why she will be voting for Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, for president

In a recent interview with salon.com, Camille Paglia explained why she will be voting for Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, for president. Paglia said:

The biggest issue for me is the Obama administration’s continuation of endless war, war, war. I denounced the Iraq incursion before it even happened.

In Obama’s defense, he did end the Iraq War. But he did do that Libya thing, which I oppose, just as I opposed it when Reagan did it.

I have been revolted by the silence of the liberal mainstream media about Obama’s expansion of war

Good for her.

And what is the administration’s response to the murder of our ambassador? Nothing. Do we have a presidency or not? The ambassador’s journal was lying on the floor for CNN to find, and it took weeks for the FBI to get there and spend a day — after sensitive documents were stripped long ago.

CNN was the one to find it? Wow! I had not been aware of that. The military must have really goofed on that one.

The media’s pampering and protection of Obama over the years simply led to his weakening — which was on excruciating public display at his first debate with Romney, who landed blow after blow.

That’s exactly what I was thinking after I read about Obama having done so badly in the debate (which I did not watch).

So, the first reason I’m voting Green is the state of endless war. Second is the appalling rise in the military and domestic use of drones. I bought Medea Benjamin’s protest book about drones, and I agree with her. There is reason for great concern about the use of drones for police surveillance in the United States. This Democratic administration has gone very deep into the weeds here in offering incentives to local police departments to acquire drones, which are a serious threat to our civil liberties and right to privacy — which liberals should be defending. We’re on our way toward a Big Brother society.

She’s clearly on the left-libertarian quadrant of the political compass – Obama is not. (I myself am on the right-libertarian quadrant, and will be voting for Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate, for President)

My third reason for going Green is the creeping totalitarianism of Obamacare, which Jill Stein as a physician is rightly skeptical about.

I’m glad she points out that Jill Stein is a doctor – and that she is critical of Obamacare.

I never would have expected anyone on the left to use the word “totalitarian’ to refer to Obamacare.

But the childish naivete of so many supposedly well-educated liberals was shown by their complete failure to notice or remark on the most glaringly obvious deficiency in Obamacare: You cannot possibly expand medical coverage to millions of people without also expanding medical training and funding new clinics and hospitals. The total absence of that in the bill was ludicrous.

Yes! I have thought this exact same thing myself.

The way liberals lay down flat to accept this massive, totalitarian takeover of the American medical system was shocking to me.

There she goes again using that word “totalitarian” to describe Obamacare.

What in the world has happened to the Democratic Party? Its passivity towards this awful takeover of our lives by a know-it-all government, as shown by the way Obama has governed by constantly going around Congress — appointing czars and one new layer of bureaucracy after another. And hardly a peep of protest from liberals. It’s like the movie of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” — Democrats have turned into the Eloi; they’re like sheep. They hear a signal, and it’s like pre-programmed spin in their heads — they just trot like sheep in one direction. I am voting Green in protest against the systemic corruption of my party.

That is awesome!

Listen — a huge point I want to make is that the protest against the surveillance state has, with only a few exceptions, been mainly coming from the Right and not from the Left! Talk radio has been seething with this issue for years. A good example is talk-show host Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny,” which was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller three years ago and yet got very few mainstream reviews. Democrats have got to wake up! This is why the Republican Party has gained and why the Democratic Party is in disarray — because the Democrats have lost one of their key signature issues from 1960s leftism. Why has the GOP become the freedom party? … The Left must retake this issue of personal freedom and civil liberties. Over the last 20 years, freedom has become a conservative watch word, and liberals have lost their claim to it…. As someone who listens to talk radio, I must tell you that the issue of personal freedom and resistance to a swollen totalitarian government has become primary on the Right.

Of course she’s only referring to certain Republicans – there are many other Republicans who do agree with Obama on these particular issues. But she does have a good point – the biggest defenders of freedom in recent years have certainly not been Democrats.

Why is there never a public review of our obscenely costly global presence? I believe in a strong military and in adequate funding for training and armaments, but we are seriously over-extended right now. This is where I completely agree with the Green Party. We are still stuck in a hopelessly outdated Cold War model.

Good for her to point that out!

And all that foreign aid — I’m sick of it! We go on and on throwing money down every corrupt rat hole in the world!

I agree with her on this too.

Why aren’t Democrats in the forefront of proposing budget cuts in unnecessary government expenditures? They’ve sure made it so easy for Republicans to tag Democrats as reckless tax-and-spend liberals. And too many Democrats have fallen for the administration’s canard that we can restart the economy through more government spending.

I would like to know the answer to that question too.

One of my target audiences is home-schooling moms — whose powerful voices I heard calling into conservative talk radio at the dawn of the Tea Party. They are formidable and capable personalities whom feminism has foolishly ignored.

When she says “target audiences” she is referring to potential buyers of her new book on the history of art. The fact that someone on the left supports home schooling is something that really makes her stand out from others on the left.

Here are some other related blog entries that I have written:

Here are 95 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, and cronyism

Obamacare summed up in one sentence

Fox News claims Obamacare punishes hospitals if their patients with heart failure live instead of die

Now that the United States has universal health care, where will Canadian politicians go when they get sick?

Wow! With Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius is going to be VERY busy!

Obamacare forces union to drop health insurance for children of more than 30,000 of its members

The biggest current obstacles to medical marijuana are President Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court



TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 2012issues; greenparty; thirdparty

1 posted on 10/12/2012 4:16:16 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

One less vote for Ubama bin Biden.


2 posted on 10/12/2012 4:17:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: grundle

Your continued pimping for Greens and Paulbots is disturbing at best.

At this point you might as well be pulling the Democrat lever.

I’ve heard your feeble protestations. But it is now time for Conservatives to close ranks and win the election. You are pandering to those who would split the vote and that’s exactly what The Usurper and Vice-Clown want you to do.

Stooge.


3 posted on 10/12/2012 4:21:52 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: grundle
Here are some other related blog entries that I have written:

Are you capable of "writing" anything without promoting your blog?

Please explain in what way you are not a stinking piss-covered blogpimp.

4 posted on 10/12/2012 4:26:04 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: grundle

Really, who gives a hairy crap?


5 posted on 10/12/2012 4:26:16 PM PDT by dforest
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To: grundle

So she’s going to vote for a Luddite. Genius.


6 posted on 10/12/2012 4:31:32 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: grundle

Amazing how these people can not look at facts.


7 posted on 10/12/2012 4:31:50 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks grundle.


8 posted on 10/12/2012 4:32:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: grundle

I have grown tired of Paglia. I used to admire her tremendously but in this article she defends Medea Benjamin and hates on Christopher Hitchens.

Camille has always missed the big modern picture: we are in a war with Islamo Nazis. You can’t find any mention of it in any of her writings. I still believe she is an Arabist under the influence of Edward Said.


9 posted on 10/12/2012 4:33:34 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: grundle

and your point is???


10 posted on 10/12/2012 5:01:12 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster; grundle; humblegunner
"and your point is???"

I see you're relatively new here, so I'll offer a word of explanation.

The poster is a Blog Pimp Paulbot.

He has two things on his agenda. One is to get hits for his blog at FreeRepublic's expense. The other is to play out the sour grapes he chewing on since Ron Paul isn't a force in the election.

He has posted thread after thread advocating for the Libertarian candidate and the Green Party. He claims that he's trying to reach the Democrats who might be disenchanted with The Usurper.

He has yet to satisfactorily explain how he intends to find them here. But he's spammed the forum repeatedly with lists of things and promotional material for the Greens and Libertarians.

He might as well be wearing a "Forward!" button.
11 posted on 10/12/2012 5:13:53 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: grundle
I cannot get what the big deal is about this person. WHO cares what she says and who she votes for. She is a flipping liberal in all ways.
12 posted on 10/12/2012 5:14:08 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Just mythoughts

The one and only reason to care what Paglia says is that she is more honest than most leftists, and a better writer to boot (interestingly she’s also personal friends with Rush Limbaugh, despite their political differences). Other leftists purport to care for the common folk, but wouldn’t be caught dead shopping where they shop — Walmart — or mingling with them. Paglia likes to shop at Walmart because she gets to meet ordinary people that way (to say nothing of the better prices). Other pro-abortion writers obfuscate with rubbish about “a woman’s right to chose”, Paglia flatly says abortion is murder, but she supports it anyway as a rebellion against “the fascism of nature”.

Actually, she annoys the left with her honesty, so I’m afraid her endorsement is not going to shift a lot of votes from Obama to Stein.


13 posted on 10/12/2012 5:25:52 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: grundle

Those lesbos stick together, don’t they?


14 posted on 10/12/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: dforest

“Really, who gives a hairy crap?”

Absolute perfectly written sentiment. Thank you.


15 posted on 10/12/2012 6:02:25 PM PDT by FryingPan101 (2016 looms)
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To: shibumi

I figured as much. My post was on the sarcastic side ( and I didn’t include the obligatory indicator). These types of yahoos actually think that they are deep thinkers and ever so smart and clever. They expose themselves to ridicule routinely


16 posted on 10/12/2012 6:03:14 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: shibumi

It’s not like I live in a swing state - I live in Pennsylvania!


17 posted on 10/12/2012 6:10:58 PM PDT by grundle
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To: humblegunner

Hi there!


18 posted on 10/12/2012 6:11:18 PM PDT by grundle
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To: shibumi

I’ve been posting at Free Republic since 2001, but I didn’t start my blog until 2010. There are a lot of liberals who lurk here who might read my post and decide to vote for Jill Stein.


19 posted on 10/12/2012 6:13:19 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Hi.

Please explain why you could not post your material in full,
and why you are compelled to be a piss-dripping blogpimp begging for hits.


20 posted on 10/12/2012 6:14:55 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: grundle
There are a lot of liberals who lurk here who might read my post and decide to vote for Jill Stein.

Never heard of her.

Is she a piss-dripping blogpimp like you?

21 posted on 10/12/2012 6:17:30 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yep, the hippies around here aren’t going to vote for him either. He has disappointed them deeply.


22 posted on 10/12/2012 6:28:36 PM PDT by tiki
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To: grundle; humblegunner

And you’re posting to a national audience - on our dime.


23 posted on 10/12/2012 7:29:37 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: grundle

Yeah, yeah yeah.....

I fell off the turnip truck alright, but it wasn’t yesterday.


24 posted on 10/12/2012 7:31:39 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: grundle

Thank you. I sent this to my far left daughter-in-law and boy did it get in her head. It made her crazy-angry to think that someone she can’t call stupid, or non-artsy, etc. thought that Romney was “okay”. Seriously bothered her. Some here do not understand how unhinged they are and how you have to send something like this to get the ball rolling MAYBE in the general direction of sanity.All I did was send without much comment, just a respectful comment about having not heard much out of Paglia much lately and thought they’d be interested.


25 posted on 10/12/2012 9:42:56 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: grundle

Paglia is a lesbian moron.


26 posted on 10/12/2012 9:45:36 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: humblegunner

We’re not allowed to post more than 300 words from salon.com


27 posted on 10/13/2012 2:59:58 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Anima Mundi

That’s great news - thanks for telling me. I want every liberal to see this.


28 posted on 10/13/2012 3:01:37 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
We’re not allowed to post more than 300 words from salon.com

Yet you clearly list your blog as the source and yourself as the author.

Are you a plagiarist or just a dumbass?

Pick one.

29 posted on 10/13/2012 3:03:37 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: grundle

obama did NOT get us out of iraq!
http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2012/09/credit-where-credits-not-due.html


30 posted on 11/03/2012 1:25:55 AM PDT by dj kumquat
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