Parker: Campaign donors' identities should not be kept secret

By Kathleen Parker April 23, 2015 6 a.m.

When postal worker Doug Hughes — the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

Parker: Past may haunt Hillary Clinton's presidential bid

By Kathleen Parker April 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.

Parker: White House staffers put end to presidential privacy

By Kathleen Parker April 9, 2015 6 a.m.

The new tell-all "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious — and utterly lacking in nutritious content.

Parker: Indiana finding discrimination is a two-way street

By Kathleen Parker April 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.

Parker: Clinton could have avoided email mess; why didn't she?

By Kathleen Parker March 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do. The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans (51 percent) think the email controversy is "serious," yet 57 percent would be "proud" to have her as president. So what are we to conclude?

Parker: Republicans' letter to Iran nothing but grandstanding

By Kathleen Parker March 12, 2015 6 a.m.

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.

Parker: Republicans again show they're not ready for prime time

By Kathleen Parker March 5, 2015 6 a.m.

I'm getting that déjà vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing.

Parker: Giuliani's comments another litmus test for GOP

By Kathleen Parker February 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one — Do you believe President Obama loves America? — makes birthers seem witty. The question arose after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told a private audience that he doesn't think Obama loves America. He noted that Obama wasn't raised like him or members of the audience (conservative businesspeople and assorted media), which, though probably true, wasn't really the point.

Parker: Time to acknowledge Islamic State fight is religious war

By Kathleen Parker February 19, 2015 6 a.m.

There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.

Parker: Williams controversy stirs mixed feelings in fellow journalist

By Kathleen Parker February 12, 2015 6 a.m.

These are tough times for NBC's Brian Williams — and tougher times for journalism.

Parker: Sarah Palin's potential was sacrificed by her own party

By Kathleen Parker January 29, 2015 6 a.m.

When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A: Sarah Palin.

Parker: When Pope Francis speaks, people listen, and debate

By Kathleen Parker January 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Forget E.F. Hutton. It's P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.

Parker: Obama, a leader in fighting terror, chose right to skip rally

By Kathleen Parker January 15, 2015 6 a.m.

If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris. The White House has admitted the error.

Parker: Sharpton pedals the cycle of death and racist outrage

By Kathleen Parker January 8, 2015 6 a.m.

Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.

Parker: Turns out the joke's on us as Sony hacking saga unfolds

By Kathleen Parker January 1, 2015 6 a.m.

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines.

Parker: With demented power comes great reprehensibility

By Kathleen Parker December 25, 2014 6 a.m.

If I were a cartoonist, a phrase cartoonists are loath to hear, I'd sketch a chubby imp donned in a diaper, sporting a chia mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on earth, while straddling a nuclear-armed missile that bears a striking resemblance to Dennis Rodman.

Parker: Justice gets burned in California wildfire investigation

By Kathleen Parker December 18, 2014 6 a.m.

First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie. Call it "Moonlight Fire," and prepare to suspend disbelief. The story is a doozy — a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, alleged fraud upon the court, and possible government cover-ups in the service of power and greed. All the script needs is a Forest Service employee urinating on his bare feet in his lookout tower just as the fire was beginning.

Parker: Reproduction is not only feature of being a feminist

By Kathleen Parker December 11, 2014 6 a.m.

It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope. Hold it, sirs, don't stop reading yet. I realize that seeing the F-word in the first paragraph is like discovering that your bride is wearing pantyhose, but bear with me.

Parker: Ferguson coverage shows journalism has a problem

By Kathleen Parker December 4, 2014 6 a.m.

As the curtain closes on the latest episode of "Ferguson," the media series, it is fair to wonder whether events might not have spiraled out of control to the extent they did had the media settled on another topic.

Cosby case, Ferguson demonstrate need for rule of law

By Kathleen Parker November 27, 2014 6 a.m.

By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s. According to several women who have accused him of sexual predations, Cosby's usual modus operandi was to drug women who were with him voluntarily and then force sexual acts upon them.

Parker: Family — in its traditional form — comes first for pope

By Kathleen Parker November 20, 2014 6 a.m.

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

Parker: Midterm elections' real message: Restore voters' trust

By Kathleen Parker November 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy. And of course, there's the conventional wisdom that Democrats always suffer in midterms because they lack "intensity," meaning they don't care, and that presidents are always unpopular in their sixth year in office.

Parker: America's political pendulum swings back to the right

By Kathleen Parker October 30, 2014 6 a.m.

To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum do. If projections, human nature and historical bent prevail on Tuesday, we may see a bit of topsy-turvy up on the benighted Hill. Anything still can happen, but it seems as though Republicans may command both the House and Senate beginning next year.

Parker: Are we being wise to the words we've been hearing?

By Kathleen Parker October 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning. Who could have imagined that the word "beheading" would become commonplace, as though we were discussing a sport or a new product?

Parker: Dems' criticism of GOP's 'war on women' hypocritical

By Kathleen Parker October 2, 2014 6 a.m.

It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a "war on women."

Parker: Lesson of Cantor's loss: Sometime a loser is just a loser

By Kathleen Parker June 19, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — About that stunning defeat. Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment. The Tea Party candidate crushed Cantor, they say. The old-guard Republican Party is toast! It’s over. Finito.

Parker: Shooting spree an argument against more armed people

By Kathleen Parker June 12, 2014 6 a.m.

So much for the argument that having more people armed in public places will result in fewer gun deaths.

Parker: Soldier swap illustrates hard choices presidents face

By Kathleen Parker June 5, 2014 6 a.m.

The exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reminded us of three unpleasant facts of life: The United States does negotiate with terrorists; the president will circumvent laws as circumstances require; Republicans and Democrats will be summarily outraged as party affiliations seem to require.

Parker: President Obama surprised by news far too often

By Kathleen Parker May 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers. President Barack Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.

Parker: Warning: Columnist rails against trigger warnings

By Kathleen Parker May 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.

Parker: Bill Maher speaks his mind, but is he worth hearing?

By Kathleen Parker May 15, 2014 6 a.m.

When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah. If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.

Parker: An eye-for-an-eye mentality leaves us blind to civility

By Kathleen Parker May 8, 2014 6 a.m.

When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won't find mine among them.

Parker: GOP must choose colleagues wisely or reap whirlwind

By Kathleen Parker May 1, 2014 6 a.m.

The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections. Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highlighted the importance of picking one's battles wisely. Suffice to say, a smattering of pundits and politicians drank from the wrong chalice.

Parker: Grandmother Hillary will have more reason to run

By Kathleen Parker April 24, 2014 6 a.m.

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

Parker: About that post-racial United States . . . not so fast

By Kathleen Parker April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

Parker: Democrats reduced to demonizing private citizens

By Kathleen Parker April 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.

Parker: Democrats act desperate, but strategy cuts both ways

By Kathleen Parker April 3, 2014 6 a.m.

H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Parker: Experts say Hobby Lobby case is a matter of principle

By Kathleen Parker March 27, 2014 6 a.m.

When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.

Parker: Movie's reception is awash in religious intolerance

By Kathleen Parker March 20, 2014 6 a.m.

There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of a new movie.

Parker: Reconfigured SAT don't care 'bout no fancy words

By Kathleen Parker March 13, 2014 6 a.m.

When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced "improvements" to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school. Shouldn't take too long.

Parker: Obama the right messenger on racially sensitive issue

By Kathleen Parker March 6, 2014 6 a.m.

President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color — "My Brother's Keeper" — is cause for cheer.

Parker: Jindal's smarts sometimes don't match his intelligence

By Kathleen Parker February 27, 2014 6 a.m.

This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves. Given some of the reactions to Bobby Jindal's off-script remarks Monday, you'd think he'd been caught with a mirror on his shoe in the ladies' restroom.

Parker: Obamacare: Freeing Americans to follow their muse

By Kathleen Parker February 20, 2014 6 a.m.

It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one. In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can't possibly be -- and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.

Parker: When it comes to Hillary, we've seen this movie before

By Kathleen Parker February 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Groundhog Day isn't just a movie. Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it's high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a "ruthless" first lady.

Parker: Keep calm and gossip on about Christie bridge scandal

By Kathleen Parker February 6, 2014 6 a.m.

We have officially reached the take-a-step-back moment in the unfolding — or unraveling -— of the Chris Christie alleged bridge/political retribution/Sandy funds political scandal.

Parker: Republicans keep forgetting it's how you say things

By Kathleen Parker January 30, 2014 6 a.m.

We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really?

Parker: It's time to give adult pot smokers a little bit of leeway

By Kathleen Parker January 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Everybody's doing it — confessing their youthful, pot-smoking ways — so here goes.

Parker: Marriage should play a major role in War on Poverty

By Kathleen Parker January 16, 2014 6 a.m.

As we evaluate the efficacy of the War on Poverty, a single, unquantifiable factor stubbornly demands attention: luck.

Parker: Purity test puts Republican candidates in tough spot

By Kathleen Parker January 9, 2014 6 a.m.

If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterms promise to be a carnival of gore. And that's just in the Republican Party.

Parker: As 2013 fades into the past, thanks for the memories

By Kathleen Parker January 2, 2014 6 a.m.

The year-end review required of all columnists inevitably brings us to the mailbag and a few clarifications.