Egads, there may be no hope for David Brooks, who, apparently has no earthly idea what Conservatism is. Smitty takes a bit of time to deliver an intellectual smack down to Brooks.
But let’s give Brooks discredit. He does know him some fail, from the same venue as Gore above, emphasis mine:
It’s important in times like these to step back and get clarity. 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.
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 — during the American revolution, for example, or during and after World War II. Karl Marx and Ted Cruz may believe that power can be wielded directly by the masses, but this has almost never happened historically.
Brooks, Brooks, Brooks, you are an ignorant ass. You bleat like a sheep, you desire to be “led” and you show disdain for those who think that they might better govern themselves. Here is the epic smack down that Smitty delivers
We offer our elites every bit of the faith and respect they’ve earned, Brooks. Our self-appointed quasi-aristocracy, and the throne-sniffing sycophants that support them (e.g. you) could all be replaced by a button marked “Crap” at significantly reduced savings.
“elites. . .govern from the top” What. Elites. Brooks? If George Washington and his troops could see the utter shambles the 1787 Constitution has been reduced to in the last century of Progressive elite deconstruction, I daresay he’d order the Colonials to fix bayonets. Technology happened. We grasp that our “elites” are a pack of self-serving louts. If you want to argue something useful, Brooks, tell me about term limits. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” as Acton noted, and lesser amounts of power produce Reids and Boehners, Pelosis and McConnells over time. Like any compost heap, Capitol Hill needs frequent turning. Am I being irreverent? Of course I am, Brooks: it’s a wholly American thing. Fear God; sneer at Caesar. It’s when these two objects become confused that we can arrive at the drivel you’re pushing, Brooks.
More at the link, but allow me to offer this observation. Brooks has no grasp of what liberty is. He craves the government to be his mommy and daddy. He cries for the “elites” to feed him, and wipe his chin. Individualism? None of that for Brooks, he clearly does not think the people have any ability to fend for themselves, so he pines for the “elites” to save us. The same elites, we should note, who have screwed the country up so royally. But, again Brooks cannot see that. He is so blinded by his need to be led by the nose that he wishes these “elites” would do more, as if they will somehow improve this nation. Brooks might be the very best example of a useful idiot I can think of.