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    Brooks makes up a straw man and argues with the speech he wishes Obama made (so he could argue with it) instead of the speech Obama made. The crumbling of the intellectual basis for his movement - FDRism worked, Reaganism didn't, so saith history - leaves him with his gut reactions. And that gut reaction is that certain white males are just plain smarter and harder workers than everyone else. He's still too much of a Republican to avoid their magic thinking: "if we call Obama a socialist enough he'll become one and then we can fight him." but at least now he's started arguing for a Republican party that doesn't exist instead of appealing to a Republican party that doesn't exist.

    These people must be exterminated (politically only of course) on a county by county basis. Only when they are entirely run out of the corridors of power everywhere except a few counties in Dixie they might start having new ideas.

    What is attractive to many about "conservatism" - scare quotes because it never existed as a governing philosophy - is the idea of personal responsibility. That's a civic value that would be a great social movement. Brooks could help start it by staying away from beltway group think but his IQ is nowhere near that high. And there's the problem of the tarnished heroes. It's going to be hard for those conservatives that haven't aged out when history finally tells the ugly story of Reaganism and the citizens of this country reject his foul economic legacy. It was all a con. Brooks must wake up in the night knowing that, have a panic attack, and read some Burke to calm himself down.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:52:31 PM PST

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