Conservative columnist and Palinite-hateswarm-survivor, Kathleen Parker, is upset at how some people conduct themselves as Murricans.
Unfortunately for her readers, for some reason she never quite gets around to identifying who these people are exactly. Perhaps, as a public service, someone could piece together the clues she left behind could suss out what specific group of people Ms. Parker might be referring to when she says...
...many Americans still need to be reminded that Muslims, rather than our enemies, are our friends...Having skillfully avoided mentioning the fact that the "extremists" she is so worried about are the clear majority in her Republican Party, Ms. Parker turns to the problem of taking action. Who will stand up to these rude-yet-nameless individuals?
None too soon, we’re beginning to hear reasonable voices rise above the din of nationalistic jargon from some of our lesser, if glaring, lights.
One such voice belongs to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)...
Thus, demonizing or marginalizing Muslims leads not to greater safety but to greater numbers of recruits...
It is also rude and un-American.
We seem to have no trouble demanding that moderate Muslims condemn the radicals, but we’re less than impressive when it comes to moderate Americans taking a stand against our own extremists...
The faith-based community does what it can, but despite Fox News' policy of giving any number of wingnut snake-handlers and end-times goofs unlimited access to America's airwaves, somehow the message of interfaith goodwill "does not reach deeply enough into the secular community to have much effect":
Our failure to communicate with one another can lead only to the sort of frenzied embrace of isolationism and marginalization we’ve witnessed of late. And though interfaith ministries often meet for these purposes, their message does not reach deeply enough into the secular community to have much effect.Actually, Ms. Parker, your Republican party has not suffered from a failure to communicate in the slightest. In fact, they've spent many decades and billions of dollars building a vast and powerful media/political/religious machine for the expressed purpose of communicating their beliefs and intentions with absolute clarity, and then enacting those belief and intentions via the political process.
Or hadn't you noticed?
Ms. Parker also believes that the President has let us all down by not calling Murricans to action --
...I had hoped the president might call on Americans to do their part and issue a call to specific action...-- forgetting, apparently, that if the Kenyan Usurper came out in favor of springtime and Baby Jebus, members of her Republican party would rise as one to denounce it, filibuster it, hold 75 consecutive votes to repeal it and begin immediately worshiping Odin out of spite.
This is the point at which Ms. Parker simply runs out of Big Ideas and begins casting around for stuff that other people might have have tried that has worked in other contexts:
There are already several models available for replication. The “Welcome Table” created by the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation has been extremely successful in healing the wounds of the civil rights era...Actually, Ms. Parker, we are already engaged in a bipartisan debate on issues crucial to the community.
The Village Square, begun several years ago in Tallahassee, and now in a few other cities, brings citizens together to a bipartisan, formal debate on issues crucial to the community...
It's called an "election".
In fact, in some ways it's kind of a perfect election, because just like in the formal debates which take place in high schools all over this country, the sides are so clearly and cleanly divided on so many issues. For example, one side believes the world is a complex place and that we should put a premium on diplomacy, tolerance and evidence while the other side believes that Barack Obama is secretly in league with terrorists, science is a Librul scam, people are poor because they want to be, all worldly problems can be solved by tax cuts and deregulation and we should bomb the fuck out of an entirely fictional country just to be on the safe side.
Weird how someone who writes about politics for a living does not understand this.
Weirder still how someone who claims to be a journalist cannot bear to mention the blindingly obvious fact that almost all serious problem with our country are the result of her Republican party being packed to the rafters with vicious, ignorant, paranoid assholes.