David Brooks does not have the slightest fucking clue.
From the awful, awkward lump of attic insulation called "The Conversation" which the NYT still adamantly refuses to let slouch off under a porch and die quietly:
Gail: I noticed that Senator Ted Cruz called the Supreme Court’s decision to take no action “judicial activism at its worst.” Still more proof that the best definition of judicial activism is: “any decision I don’t like.”
David: I can’t help pointing out that this is exactly what the court did not do with Roe v. Wade. Instead of letting events take shape, the court arrogantly stopped debate and froze the two sides into extreme polarities. Such a bad decision, even from a pro-choice perspective. I suspect you disagree.
This really is a small, perfect example of the filthy little scam David Brooks has been running on other people's dime for the last 20 years or so: rendering* smarmy, privileged judgement from his gated suburban sensory-deprivation tank not based on any actual knowledge of "fact" or "history", but simply guided by what his badly warped, ideological compass tells him, all while insisting -- " Such a bad decision, even from a pro-choice perspective" -- that he is merely rending the reasonable, Centrist position on whatever it is he is fapping about today.
To her, credit, Gail Collins ruins today's very special episode of David Brooks' Neverending Bullshit Cavalcade by spilling facts all over it and reminding him that unlike, say, David Brooks's daughter there are millions of women in this country for whom the solution to their every medical and reproductive care need is not having a rich Daddy in a Blue State who can spirit them away to a land of friendly doctors and Concierge Health Care Service should they ever need it:
Gail: Give that man a cigar! You’re right, David. I totally disagree.If states had been left to their own devices over the last few decades, I doubt very much you’d have seen the legislatures in, say, Texas or Mississippi, gradually coming around. Today, instead of eight clinics operating in Texas, there’d be none. Women in Mississippi who now have to travel to Jackson would probably have to find their way to New York or California. That’s not much of a problem for women with assets, but it’s the end of all options for the poor.Abortion is exactly the kind of issue that requires the Supreme Court’s intervention. It involves a critical right; it’s politically toxic in many parts of the country and as a practical matter it mainly has an impact on the poor.
Scalded, Mr. Brooks scuttles away to his favorite all-purpose, Both Sider fallback position. The one in which in which the world is divided into two, imaginary groups of people. Both imaginary groups are equally and oppositely unreasonable. David Brooks heroically disagrees with both imaginary groups, thus setting himself up as the only Serious Person in the argument.
David: In any case, my overall point is that it’s always a mistake to trust people with dispositions that are permanent.Gail: People who permanently have a disposition?David: What I mean is that people who are always hyperactive will be terrible in certain circumstances and people who are always cautious will be terrible in others. The only people you can trust are those who let their means be governed by their circumstances.
It's a cheap and transparent lie and in my opinion, the condition of Mr. Brooks' immortal soul could be much improved if he were immediately slapped in the face every time he tried to float it.
Unfortunately Ms. Collins does not care about the condition of Mr. Brooks' immortal soul, which is kinda sad.
*Thanks for the correction!
*Thanks for the correction!