In The Washington Post, Kathleen Parker has written an apology to the Muslim world that strikingly illustrates the gaping social divide between Red America and Blue America.
Parker begins her article by noting that she is not “representing anyone.” She speaks only for herself and the “many others” who “feel as I do.” In other words, she is speaking for the Blue elite and as a “member of the news media.”
Kathleen Parker and her friends are “deeply embarrassed” by current events in America, not their America of course, but that of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.
First, the irrational conservative rednecks out in the provinces have revolted against multicultural orthodoxy by opposing the Ground Zero Mosque. Second, a Pentecostal yokel in Florida recently made a name for himself by threatening to burn the Koran on September 11. Third, the Tea Party bigot brigade is mobilizing to end the Democratic majority in Congress.
These signs of “hatred” and “intolerance” in Red America were perceived by the Blue elite as a humiliating loss of face. They don’t want to be associated with their provincials in the eyes of world opinion. Blues accept as an article of faith their moral superiority over ordinary people who live in the countryside and cling to traditional values.
Their sense of identity is based on hostility and contempt toward Red America. This diatribe was inspired by a loss of status points in the transnational liberal cocktail circuit. Viewed from abroad, America looks less like a “city on a hill,” and more like a nation struggling to preserve its own cultural identity.
For Blues like Kathleen Parker, liberalism functions in much the same way that the elaborate court etiquette of Versailles once did in the days of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It is a way of “putting on airs” or distinguishing yourself from ordinary people. The very senselessness of the act is the attraction.
Nothing in Kathleen Parker’s article indicates she understands her intended audience. The Muslim world tolerates the destruction of churches, the murder of missionaries, assigns the death penalty for converts to Christianity, engages in terrorism, and looks upon the non-Muslim world as a target for conquest. They don’t “agree to disagree” in places like Algeria or Saudi Arabia.
Parker’s real audience are other Blues who are acting out the same psychodrama. They are similarly preening in unison about their moral superiority over their next door neighbors. Their xenophilia toward Muslim outsiders is an expression of their xenophobia toward Red America.
The Blue elite is incapable of acting in the national self interest. They are beyond such parochial concerns. If they remain in power, there soon won’t be much of a nation left for them to rule, or for the rest of us to enjoy.