Paglia: Enough with the Hillary cult: Her admirers ignore reality, dream of worshipping a queen . . .
Enough with the Hillary cult
. . . Clinton voters overlook money lust, shadowy surrogates, sociopathic policy shifts, horrific overseas record. Why?
Perhaps the best question this entire election season. Paglia is a good writer, and deep in left field, but nearly always worth your time. She is nothing if not independent, and willing to stake out her own position regardless of political costs to herself. While this happens more commonly on the right, it seldom occurs on the left, so when it does it is very refreshing.
We need both parties in our political landscape, each should stand as a significant counterweight to the excesses that happen when the other party is left to run roughshod over politics. This is what happened from 2008 - 2010, and only slightly less from 2010-2012. The Democrat party had carte blanche during those early years, and the results were miserable. The execrable Obamacare is now collapsing under the unchecked weight of its excesses. Most of the other programs were utter failures, miring the nation in a pathetically moribund economic recovery. And seemingly leaving the economy now too exhausted to actually produce.
Back to Paglia:
"What is it with the Hillary cult?
As a lifelong Democrat who will be enthusiastically voting for Bernie Sanders in next week’s Pennsylvania primary, I have trouble understanding the fuzzy rosy filter through which Hillary fans see their champion. So much must be overlooked or discounted—from Hillary’s compulsive money-lust and her brazen indifference to normal rules to her conspiratorial use of shadowy surrogates and her sociopathic shape-shifting in policy positions for momentary expedience.
Hillary’s breathtaking lack of concrete achievements or even minimal initiatives over her long public career doesn’t faze her admirers a whit. They have a religious conviction of her essential goodness and blame her blank track record on diabolical sexist obstructionists. When at last week’s debate Hillary crassly blamed President Obama for the disastrous Libyan incursion that she had pushed him into, her acolytes hardly noticed. They don’t give a damn about international affairs—all that matters is transgender bathrooms and instant access to abortion.
I’m starting to wonder, given the increasing dysfunction of our democratic institutions, if the Hillary cult isn’t perhaps registering an atavistic longing for monarchy. Or perhaps it’s just a neo-pagan reversion to idolatry, as can be felt in the Little Italy street festival scene of The Godfather, Part II, where devout pedestrians pin money to the statue of San Rocco as it is carried by in procession. There was a strange analogy to that last week, when Sanders supporters satirically showered Hillary’s motorcade with dollar bills as she arrived at George Clooney’s luxe fund-raiser in Los Angeles."
As I said, Paglia offers a perspective seldom heard on the left. Read the whole thing.