Tag Archive: David Brooks


From Cato Institute

 

 

” Picking the year’s worst op-eds — an annual tradition in this space — wasn’t easy in 2013. There’s the Slate writer who announced you’re “a bad person if you send your children to private school”; the New York Times piece arguing that conservative Dallas “willed the death” of JFK (by getting a communist to shoot him?); and the fellow who worried that allowing more high-skilled immigration would exacerbate “America’s Genius Glut.”

  If you’ve been losing sleep over the genius glut in American punditry, rest easy. That threat’s a long way off.

  To narrow the choices and give this pudding a theme, I’ve decided that 2013’s malicious listicle will focus on the perverse affinity for executive power of our alleged “Thought Leaders.” In a year when presidential incompetence and power lust ruled the headlines — when record numbers of Americans feared big government — the leading lights of the American commentariat clamored for more presidential power. Go figure.”

 

 

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Kept Conservatives: Prominent Right-Wingers Who Sound Very Liberal

 

 

 

” We’ve had a wide variety of conservative: the neo-cons, the paleo-cons and most recently the crunchy cons. Have you ever noticed how many of the most prominent conservative voices in America sound more like liberals? I have, and I believe they are in class all their own: they have a special mission and fit a particular profile.

They are what I like to call ‘kept cons.’ They are ‘kept’ by liberals in that kept cons generally work for liberal institutions and seem to fill the role of token conservative; they write conservative columns for national liberal newspapers or appear as conservative hosts or commentators on CNN or MSNBC or CNBC; but they don’t sound all that conservative. You can spot them slamming Sarah Palin or tamping down on the Tea Party.”

 

 

 

 

   This is the primary reason the GOP keeps losing . The ” kept con’s” aren’t only in the liberal media establishments , they are sitting the congress as we speak . They are called RINO’s and establishment ” go along to get along ” GOPers . Their lack of core beliefs beyond keeping their elective office goes only to being liked by the media and their opponents across the aisle . Their thoughts always go something like this … ” I’m a gun owner but …” or ” I support tax reform but … ”  or “I support securing the border but … ” 

 

 

 

 

 

   There is always a caveat and typically that caveat is a watered down version of the liberal talking points of the day . No core beliefs insight whatsoever . This is the root of GOP troubles . You have to stand for SOMETHING if you expect people to stand with you . 

 

 

 

 

     If all you have to offer is leftwing-lite or pseudo-liberalism why should you expect to be supported by anyone that has any real beliefs at at ? They are not liberal enough for the libs and certainly not conservative enough for the right . Guess here that leaves you Mr Graham , Mr Brooks … It leaves you with a dying constituency that cannot possibly garner enough votes to win elections . Welcome to the backwaters of American politics , enjoy it because that is where you shall spend the rest of your days . 

 

 

 

 

     The time for choosing has arrived and as the BlogFather himself is wont to say ” that which can’t continue , won’t” . Enjoy those fancy DC cocktail parties because that is all the celebration you’ll be seeing .

 

 

 

 

 

This last bit sums up the current state of affairs far more eloquently than I could ever hope to . 

 

 

 

” Their usual message is always something like, “I’m a conservative but these other people, these gun owners/southerners/TEA Partiers/Tax Cutters/Randians/Supply-siders/Pro-lifers/Climate Change Deniers/Libertarians/Gun Nuts/ Gold Bugs, etc., are beyond the pale.

The kept conservative’s announced job is to represent the conservative point of view, but their real job is to give the illusion of balance without really challenging any of the core tenets of liberalism. They spend lots of time ‘reinventing’ the Republican Party, and the new invention is always the same: more liberal. They live among liberals, their friends are liberals, and, of course, they are paid by liberals.”

 

Another Obama Screwup

Morrissey and David ( Rino ) Brooks on Obama’s (mis)use of executive privilege . A blunder that is sure to bite him right in the a.. .

  ” That brings us to the foolishness of this particular assertion of privilege.  Few in the media were paying attention to this scandal, which means that most voters still have no idea that the US government allowed thousands of untracked guns to be sold to drug cartels, and that those guns are responsible for hundreds of murders in Mexico and the deaths of two American law-enforcement officers … so far.  By asserting executive privilege, Obama has assured that the media will be taking a much closer look at the scandal, and that’s bad news for Democrats: “