Over the past decades, Americans have developed an absurd view of the power of government. Many voters seem to think that government has the power to protect them from the consequences of their sins. Then they get angry and cynical when it turns out that it can’t.
It really is all a morality play to these sociopaths, isn’t it? Unemployed for the last year or two? SINNER! Underinsured because you can’t find a decent job, and your medical bills pile up? SINNER!
It’s important to realize what he is saying, and what these assholes really believe. Several hundred years ago, Brooks would be cheering as we burned people at the stake for witchcraft, or telling people that the reason they have the plague is because they were insufficiently faithful. Unable to produce a male heir? SINNER! Crops die? SINNERS! Have a drought? SINNERS!
David Brooks and the GOP don’t want to go back to the 1950’s. They want to go back to before the Renaissance.
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The incomparable Driftglass:
You know, I write about Mr. Brooks frequently because he is without question the single most powerful and shadow-casting practitioner of the dark art of lazy, incestuous, cheapjack Centrist punditry that is suffocating our culture under mile after smothering mile of tepid, Villager establishmentarian treacle.
And yet as I move from reading his empty, bloodless, word-tapioca blattings to writing about them for this blog, the realization that, in a country where 1 in 6 of my fellow citizens live below the poverty line, Our Mr. Brooks is actually paid — actually, richly rewarded with money, privilege and social cache — for the act of cranking out 1,600 words worth of this forgettable, poisonous tripe every week still just knocks me out.