The Unbearable Elitism of David Brooks
Despite the insulting and patronizing tone of the entire piece, it is this paragraph that truly sums up how clueless this man is about the tea party movement. He calls tea party members uneducated and ignorant, yet he knows absolutely nothing about the real thing and is himself ignorant and misinformed. He relies on the left-wing media’s portrayal of the tea parties as “fringe” instead of doing true research.
Ultimately he believes that the tea party movement is only “against” and for nothing. If he attended, read, or watched anything from the tea party movement he would realize that they are for quite a few things. They are “for” the Constitution, the rule of law, the free market, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. In short, they are for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Brooks is not alone in his beliefs, but he has done one useful thing: he has summed up the “inside the Beltway” big government attitude of those who think they are better than the vast majority of Americans.
The sad thing is that he will no doubt take great pride in the fact that all those tea party members and supporters will take exception to his rant. He will claim that they just don’t know he is right because they are “uneducated” and unable to grasp that what he and his ilk are trying to do is for their own good.
The following from Brooks is truly despicable:
If there is a double-dip recession, a long period of stagnation, a fiscal crisis, a terrorist attack or some other major scandal or event, the country could demand total change, creating a vacuum that only the tea party movement and its inheritors would be in a position to fill.
Yes, he, like many on the far left, is claiming that the tea party movement is akin to the Nazi movement in the 1930s. Never mind the fact that the tea party movement makes perfectly clear that it strives to return to the values of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Because it is “popular” it must be populist and no better than the rabble that followed Hitler.
Americans are fed up with those in D.C. because they routinely fail to deal with the problems at hand. They fail to protect the country from attack. They fail to reduce taxation and regulation. They give bailouts to failing companies. They fail to protect the rule of law.
What Brooks fails to see is that most Americans would take the wisdom of the Founding Fathers over the wisdom of David Brooks and his ilk.