You do not talk about Right Club.
Which is why Dave Brooks is the undisputed King of the Right.
Because according to Mr. Brooks, there is literally no problem anywhere on Earth for which Conservatism has ever been to blame.
In the Right Club, Every Single God Damn problem is either exclusively the fault of the Dirty Hippies and Woodstock or somehow equally shared by all of our "elites", every leader of both parties in every branch of government, and, apparently, every living person in America.
After speaking glowingly about how snappy and cheerful all of his tony friends are when he greets them at any of New York City's many fine piazzas and palazzos, Mr, Brooks gets right down to turning our national frown upside-down by diagnosing for the umpteenth time what is really wrong with this grumpy ol' nation. We're all of us just too darned partisan!
The truest thing to say is this: We are living in an amazingly fortunate time. But we also happen to be living during a leadership crisis, and a time when few people have faith in elites to govern from the top. We live in a vibrant society that is not being led.We don’t suffer from an abuse of power as much as a nonuse of power. It’s been years since a major piece of legislation was passed, and there’s little prospect that one will get passed in the next two.
As you will no doubt notice, no one in particular is at fault here. Not one political party or another. Not one ideological damp or another. Just "leadership".
This leadership crisis is eminently solvable. First, we need to get over the childish notion that we don’t need a responsible leadership class, that power can be wielded directly by the people. America was governed best when it was governed by a porous, self-conscious and responsible elite...
Not the Rush Limbaugh Party.
The "Government Is the Problem" Party.
Not the gun-waving, tyranny-shrieking inbred halfwits of the Tea Party.
Not "Going Galt" meatsticks.
Just "powerful people". Generically.
Powerful people might follow a code of public spiritedness. That means restraining your partisan passions and parochial interests for the sake of domestic tranquility. Re-establish the lines between public service and private enrichment.
Who practice "political bigotry" on both sides.
In 1960, 5 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats said they would be displeased if their children married someone of the opposite party. By 2010, Cass Sunstein observes, those numbers had jumped to 49 percent and 33 percent. How small-minded can you get?
No, there is not a single problem today that cannot be overcome with a couple of technical fixes to our electoral process.
Which will never happen, Because our political process is fucked in the head.
Thanks to David Brooks' Republican Party:
Fourth, put congressional reform atop the national agenda. More states could have open primaries. Nonpartisan commissions could draw district lines. Presidential nominees should get an up-or-down vote within 90 days.
Year in, year out, I have never read a public writer so widely hailed and wise and sage by our political establishment who was more shit-his-pants, abjectly terrified of the obvious truth about his own party and profession, or more willing to pathologically lie about it -- badly -- every day of his professional life.