Tuesday, September 06, 2005

David Brooks

David Brooks is not my favorite conservative. Unlike George Will, whose rationality I often find compelling, Brooks is so partisan that he seems to always apologize for Republicans, or he puts a Polyanna positive spin on the most damaging news. However, today he has, for the first time that I can see, dropped his consistently positive attitude. He senses something in the air. He wrote:

Katrina means that the political culture, already sour and bloody-minded in many quarters, will shift. There will be a reaction. There will be more impatience for something new. There is going to be some sort of big bang as people respond to the cumulative blows of bad events and try to fundamentally change the way things are.

Reaganite conservatism was the response to the pessimism and feebleness of the 1970's. Maybe this time there will be a progressive resurgence. Maybe we are entering an age of hardheaded law and order. (Rudy Giuliani, an unlikely G.O.P. nominee a few months ago, could now win in a walk.) Maybe there will be call for McCainist patriotism and nonpartisan independence. All we can be sure of is that the political culture is about to undergo some big change.

We're not really at a tipping point as much as a bursting point. People are mad as hell, unwilling to take it anymore.

Read the entire article here.

1 comment:

Jake Dunkin said...

Is this his attempt to distance himself as a conservitive from the current climate of the NeoCon Agenda? I feel that many republican conservitives are already on the march toward the center. (I won't say "to the left"... that would just be too icky) Katrina may just act as a catalyst to wake up the sheep people in our country. (Sheeple) We can no longer afford to mindlessly follow our leaders just because they are our leaders. (Something about jumping off a bridge just because everybody else is doing it. Hmmm) I like to check in with Molly Ivins occationally because I think she's got a set of brass ones and she makes me laugh. Here's what she had to say about the Katrina Aftermath.

"To use a fine Southern word, it's tacky to start playing the blame game before the dead are even counted. It is not too soon, however, to make a point that needs to be hammered home again and again, and that is that government policies have real consequences in people's lives.

This is not "just politics" or blaming for political advantage. This is about the real consequences of what governments do and do not do about their responsibilities. And about who winds up paying the price for those policies.

This is a column for everyone in the path of Hurricane Katrina who ever said, "I'm sorry, I'm just not interested in politics," or, "There's nothing I can do about it," or, "Eh, they're all crooks anyway."

Nothing to do with me, nothing to do with my life, nothing I can do about any of it. Look around you this morning. I suppose the NRA would argue, "Government policies don't kill people, hurricanes kill people." Actually, hurricanes plus government policies kill people."

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