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  •  Exact opposite of previous articles by Brooks: (6+ / 0-)

    When exactly did Brooks drink the koolaid? Cause not so long ago he was singing a different song. The following article excerpts are from 2009. But I also saw some more recent ones, in this same vein.

    You can read the entire article at the link.

    The Long Voyage Home

    By DAVID BROOKS
    Published: May 4, 2009

    Republicans generally like Westerns. They generally admire John Wayne-style heroes who are rugged, individualistic and brave. They like leaders — from Goldwater to Reagan to Bush to Palin — who play up their Western heritage. Republicans like the way Westerns seem to celebrate their core themes — freedom, individualism, opportunity and moral clarity.

    ... Today, if Republicans had learned the right lessons from the Westerns, or at least John Ford Westerns, they would not be the party of untrammeled freedom and maximum individual choice. They would once again be the party of community and civic order.

     They would begin every day by reminding themselves of the concrete ways people build orderly neighborhoods, and how those neighborhoods bind a nation. They would ask: What threatens Americans’ efforts to build orderly places to raise their kids? The answers would produce an agenda: the disruption caused by a boom and bust economy; the fragility of the American family; the explosion of public and private debt; the wild swings in energy costs; the fraying of the health care system; the segmentation of society and the way the ladders of social mobility seem to be dissolving.

    But the Republican Party has mis-learned that history..

    And Brooks has apparently "misremembered" his own.

    The worship of guns requires human sacrifices evidently. ~richardak

    by denig on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:19:39 AM PDT

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