Brooks, like a majority of Republicans, are proving that their place on the right is slowly beginning to merge with the left. Establishment Republicans, Democrat lite, call them what you will, but this is a perfect example of how the Republicans are falling in line with the Obama Administration’s rhetoric. These days, anybody who stands up to fight for something is called a radical or extremist. Brooks claims that conservatives are becoming addicted to crisis mentality.
That’s because America is in a crisis!
Brooks, like many of his establishment friends, sees no real threat to constitutional principles from the left. He continues to maintain the myth that “Citizens may fall into different classes and political factions, but they are still joined by chains of affection that command ultimate loyalty and love.”
What chains of affection are those? The chains of affection between those who love liberty and limited government, and those who wish to grow government unendingly and label their opponents racist and bigots to achieve that end? What, precisely, is David Brooks smoking?
Whatever it is, it’s making Brooks rather loosey-goosey about the state of the country:
“Over the past 30 years, or at least since Rush Limbaugh came on the scene, the Republican rhetorical tone has grown ever more bombastic, hyperbolic and imbalanced. Public figures are prisoners of their own prose styles, and Republicans from Newt Gingrich through Ben Carson have become addicted to a crisis mentality. Civilization was always on the brink of collapse. Every setback, like the passage of Obamacare, became the ruination of the republic. Comparisons to Nazi Germany became a staple. This produced a radical mind-set.”
No wonder Brooks thinks things are hunky dory – or at least were, up until those loutish conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, the moving forces behind Republican victory in 1994, showed up. Brooks never worries about the left. They’re all just bound by those “chains of affection,” as well as a shared love of creased khaki pants – a love that knows no political boundaries, as Brooks said in 2005:
I remember distinctly an image of–we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant…and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.
In 2006, the man now chiding conservatives for not trusting establishment types wrote a column titled “Run, Barack, Run.”
Those of us who actually watch President Obama on a daily basis recognize the inherent threat he and his supporters represent. That isn’t a false crisis mentality. That’s reality.
Not every comparison to Nazi Germany is justified; most aren’t. But refusing to guard against the possibility of tyranny makes tyranny inevitable.
Brooks says the real problem is those troglodyte conservatives and their hatred for political compromise.
Political compromise is what created this problem in the first place. Perhaps if the Republican elite would just come out as the liberals they are, then true conservatives can start focusing on not just rebuilding a party that’s in shambles, but rebuilding a party that the country is in desperate need of.
Liberals know what’s happening within the republican ranks and they’re doing everything they can to take advantage of the situation. Brooks is wrong. Compromise is exactly what liberals need as they keep destroying the nation. It’s time the right becomes free to show some backbone and stand up for what they believe.