David Brooks is finally realizing that he is a member of a mean-spirited and insular class of know-it-all pricks who hate their countrymen. In USA Today Glenn Reynolds is rubbing his face in it a little more.
Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.
The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement….
After describing the Tea Partiers generally bourgeois spirit and penchant for cleaning up other people’s trash, he talks about how Brooks and his ilk reacted to the Tea Party:
Yet the tea party movement was smeared as racist, denounced as fascist, harassed with impunity by the IRS and generally treated with contempt by the political establishment — and by pundits like Brooks, who declared “I’m not a fan of this movement.” After handing the GOP big legislative victories in 2010 and 2014, it was largely betrayed by the Republicans in Congress, who broke their promises to shrink government and block Obama’s initiatives.
So now we have Trump instead, who tells people to punch counterprotesters instead of picking up their trash. When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly.
Read it all.
I respected the Tea Party movement even if I never got involved. It seemed too naive to me and turns out I was right. The Tea Party was abused and crippled by the powers that be and now you get… Trump.