12 August 2009

Congress: "chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic"

My poor brain is leaking. . .

First, the NYT publishes an entire piece about the Catholic Church and never once mentions sexual scandal, or quotes a reliable dissident harpy like Richard McBrien or the roldex-ready media star, Tom Reese, SJ, or even hints that American Catholics disagree with the Pope on contraception or women "priests." Amazing enough, right?

Now, Salon's own Camile Paglia, that odd-ball liberal, has spanked B.O. for his health-care revolution and called on Madam "Let the Nazis Eat Cake" Pelosi to resign over her condemnation of the citizentry's free expression of legitimate political dissent.

I fully expect CNN and MSNBC to renounce their P.R. contracts with the White House and start reporting as real journalists again! Why not? Apparently, miracles are swirling all around us!

From Paglia:

[. . .] Except for that wily fox, David Axelrod, who could charm gold threads out of moonbeams, Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys.

Case in point: the administration's grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation. Ever since Hillary Clinton's megalomaniacal annihilation of our last best chance at reform in 1993 (all of which was suppressed by the mainstream media when she was running for president), Democrats have been longing for that happy day when this issue would once again be front and center.

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises -- or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

[. . .]

I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? 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.

Read the whole jaw-dropping article.


  1. Maybe the Kool-Aid is wearing off.

  2. Wasn't there a full moon recently? Don't worry. It's likely just a moment of some Liberals experiencing a moment of sanity. It'll wear off. Too snarky?

  3. Great to see one of "them" calling a spade a spade.

    Just saw a news byte about Arlen Specter stating that the outrage at Town Hall meetings is not representative of the larger population ... Hello?! Isn't that the very definition of the people who comprise town hall meetings??

    I am utterly disgusted that this administration and Congress is resorting to Chinese/Russian government tactics like denial, propaganda, and spouting off conspiracy theories about positions that don't agree with theirs. This sorry bunch is the ad hominem fallacy incarnate. If they're so sure their way is the right way, then they should not be afraid of open debate, right???

    Lord have mercy on us all.

  4. Anonymous9:10 PM

    Why rush? Because that is the only tactic they have to get this whale passed. Scare. Do it now! You know, the commercials and those that if you call now, or act now...if not....too late!
    He has mentioned how scary it will be without the gov't intervention.
    It needs to be addressed but not pushed. And surely not the way it is right now.
    Too bad they don't put limits on these bills (length) because it is hard for our Reps to read the thing and understand it.

  5. Anonymous1:33 AM

    SOMEONE hasn't gotten the memo about separation of Church and STATE.

  6. Anon., no such thing as "separation of Church and state" in the Constitution.

    Besides, I'm a citizen not a Church.

  7. Flambeaux10:58 AM

    No separation of church and state in a sanely organized society, either.

    It was one of Jefferson's fetishes, but, Deo Gratias, not an affliction of most of the other Founding Fathers.

  8. Anonymous6:24 PM

    This is off topic. May I please ask for prayers. This is nothing short of need for STAT divine intervention.

    Illness, HUGE monetary issues and more. Please pray for me and my family.

    Ann M.

  9. had to take my pulse after reading that one!....thought maybe I'd died and was in heaven already.....