Seen the new Kathleen Parker column out this week yet? The title says it all – “Giving Up On God” – but let me delve into the specifics. It would seem this former conservative has been drinking the Kool-Aid the liberals have been handing around. At least that is what I am to believe if I truly think that Kathleen Parker was ever a conservative. I have my doubts. So Parker has decided that she knows what ails the Republican Party and how to go about fixing the problems. The number one step the GOP needs to take according to Parker is, “To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we’re setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.”
I’m assuming that Kathleen Parker is one of those self-described intelligentsia although the term “oogedy-boogedy” gives me pause in making that assessment. Parker is like all these pundits running around proclaiming that the GOP must move more to the left to be more appealing. Umm…guess they did not notice that John McCain was the GOP’s “it” man for presidential candidate. That experiment collapsed. They can blame Sarah Palin all they want, but the proof is in the numbers. McCain surged in the polls with Palin.
Parker continues, “It isn’t that culture doesn’t matter. It does. But preaching to the choir produces no converts. And shifting demographics suggest that the Republican Party — and conservatism with it — eventually will die out unless religion is returned to the privacy of one’s heart where it belongs. (Hmm…that must be why the Founding Fathers included something about a Creator in something they wrote that really is not all that important.) Religious conservatives become defensive at any suggestion that they’ve had something to do with the GOP’s erosion. And, though the recent Democratic sweep can be attributed in large part to a referendum on Bush and the failing economy, three long-term trends identified by Emory University’s Alan Abramowitz (Yeah, I’m going to believe the insights of a liberal university.) have been devastating to the Republican Party: increasing racial diversity, declining marriage rates and changes in religious beliefs. Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. (Yep, that’s me.) Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can’t have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.” Parker must have had her eyes closed along with her brain at the GOP convention. There were loads of young people and they had energy and were dancing in the seats as well. The Palin rally I attended had countless young people working the crowd to get them registered wearing their McCain buttons. I stood next to a young ten year old guy who dragged his family to the rally. And I most certainly do not wear Depends as I’m sure most of the 60,000 member crowd at the rally were not. And this rally took place at a retirement community so it is saying something to have so many young people there.
And now more tripe for Parker, “Meanwhile, it isn’t necessary to evict the Creator from the public square, (Thank you for your permission, Kathleen.) surrender Judeo-Christian values or diminish the value of faith in America. Belief in something greater than oneself has much to recommend it, including most of the world’s architectural treasures, our universities and even our founding documents. (Well, at least she remembers that belief is part of the founding documents.) But, like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian. The change Barack Obama promised has already occurred, (What in the Hell is she talking about? What change? Where? His adminstration picks? His use of Reagan’s campaign techniques? His liberal ideology? Please!!!) which is why he won.” You know what is really insane about what she has stated here is that Obama kept trying to convince everyone that he was Christian and not Muslim. If we are so diverse then why would it matter if he was Muslim. Why was it so important for Obama to convince us that he is Christian, which I do not believe he is?
And the big finale right before Parker proclaims that we need a new party is, “The young will get older, of course. Most eventually will marry, and some will become their parents. But nonwhites won’t get whiter. (What in the Hell does this mean? Blacks don’t have religion or God?! They were the reason the gay people didn’t get their way on election day. Plenty of blacks are conservative and that is why the GOP needs to go back to those roots. The reason they voted for Obama was that he is half-black. They didn’t look at his policies or they might have thought twice.) And the nonreligious won’t get religion through external conversion. It doesn’t work that way.” I’m pretty sure people who have some belief in a Higher Power far outnumber unbelievers. The GOP caterering to such people will only cause more falling away. The answer, Kathleen, is a return to true conservativism. But you’re too busy drinking the Kool-Aid and “swimming in holy water.”