Re: “An issue full of smoke and noise – but not much actual fire” (Kathleen Parker column, 4-14).
Parker demonstrates her deep misunderstanding of the convictions held dear by many American, particularly followers of traditional religious values. Parker, who allegedly is a conservative, is as likely a candidate as Maureen Dowd to seriously reflect this perspective.
Conservatives, many of whom are actively religious, are understandably upset about left-brain-dominant intellectuals like Parker who minimize the effects the administration’s policies have on their religious expression. These commentators, rather than discussing the merits of issues, choose instead to make light of opposing views and mock those who entertain alternative positions.
Parker’s column reeks with self-inflation, as she perceives herself omnisciently rising above these juveniles “who take tiny utterances and inflate them into phony distractions.”
What Parker doesn’t seem to grasp is these so-called minor distractions are connected to our president’s persistent class warfare diatribes pitting interest groups against each other rather than in cooperatively searching for possible resolutions to problems that divide them.