So David Brooks wrote a stupid column about pot.
A remarkably stupid column about pot.
Mr. Brooks then followed his column up with some remarkably stupid (but much-less-remarked-upon) thoughts during his weekly face-time on PBS:
But crimes such as Mr. Brooks' -- who already comes to the table with an extensive rap sheet filled with serial assaults on good writing, history, causality and common sense -- can only occur when motive, method and opportunity are all in alignment.DAVID BROOKS: Right. Well, I think we probably will see it decriminalized. I'm not sure we will see it legalized. I am not super in favor of all the arrests that go on for people using marijuana.But I -- we will see how Colorado -- Colorado works out. It is a good future of our system. It's an experiment. We will figure out how it works. I have to say, I'm skeptical of it and I am dubious and I wouldn't have supported it for a couple of reasons.
"Method" is easy to figure out. Mr. Brooks is a professional repressed, ingrown twat and teller of Conservative fairy tales who, for reasons the Sulzberger family has declined to share with us mortals, has been given a chuck of the most valuable journalistic real estate in America's newspaper of record.
"Opportunity" is also easy to figure out. As one of America's most famous and ubiquitous repressed, ingrown twats and teller of Conservative fairy tales, Mr. Brooks has a long history of being horribly wrong about almost everything. And yet despite his epic record of public bed-shitting, for reasons the Sulzberger family continues to decline to share with us peons, Mr. Brooks has been able to retain his chuck of the most valuable journalistic real estate in America's newspaper of record. Since the Sulzberger family and the rest of his Beltway colleagues have made it perfectly clear that Mr. Brooks will never, ever suffer any consequences for saying remarkably stupid things in public, why in the world would he refrain from saying remarkably stupid things about pot?
So finally we come to Mr. Brooks' "Motive" which, as it turns out is the easiest of all three criminal elements to understand.
In Mr. Brooks' Conservative lexicon, "pot" is just a proxy for "hippie" and according to his May, 18, 2010 New York Times editorial, this is Mr. Brooks' opinion of hippies:
The crime wave killed off the hippie movement. The hippies celebrated disorder, mayhem and the whole Dionysian personal agenda. By the 1970s, the menacing results of that agenda were all around.Conservatism in virtually incomprehensible to a normal person unless you understand it as is a study in narcotic dependence: an entire population that could not make it through the day without increasingly massive doses of a toxic dogma which holds that poor people are poor because they are lazy and morally defective, and Liberals are depraved, hedonistic Commies bent on wrecking Murrica.
And as I pointed out at the time ("The Plutocrat's Beat Poet"), Mr. Brooks is really nothing more or less than a high-end dealer working the up-scale end of that market.
* For those of you who have no idea what the title of this post refers to: