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Friday, July 29, 2016

David Brooks, "The Democrats Win the Summer": Winning the Battle, Losing the War?

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "The Democrats Win the Summer," David Brooks blames Donald Trump for allowing the Democrats to conduct a more successful presidential convention. Brooks writes:

"Trump has abandoned the Judeo-Christian aspirations that have always represented America’s highest moral ideals: toward love, charity, humility, goodness, faith, temperance and gentleness."

Oh really? The American electorate is stupid enough to believe that the Clintons and their money sucking foundation embody "love, charity, humility, goodness, faith, temperance and gentleness"? Well, maybe love, as exemplified by Bill's incessant travel aboard the "Lolita Express." (We have yet to learn with whom Hillary has been sexually intimate in recent years - if anyone at all. Maybe if Donald discloses his tax returns, Hillary will tell us with whom she has been sleeping?)

Brooks continues:

"He left the ground open for Barack Obama to remind us that our founders wanted active engaged citizens, not a government run by a solipsistic and self-appointed savior who wants everything his way."

Whoa! Obama is not "a solipsistic and self-appointed savior who wants everything his way"? Obama went ahead with his unsigned nuclear deal with Iran despite overwhelming public disapproval. Same for Obamacare, although not by the same margins.

Brooks goes on to say:

"I almost don’t blame Trump. He is a morally untethered, spiritually vacuous man who appears haunted by multiple personality disorders. It is the 'sane' and 'reasonable' Republicans who deserve the shame — the ones who stood silently by, or worse, while Donald Trump gave away their party’s sacred inheritance."

Blame the Republicans for nominating Trump, and not blame the Democrats for nominating Hillary, the less dangerous of the two, but who is still a self-serving venomous reptile? Spare me.


  1. The msm chose to NOT report the white noise machine positioned to mask the protests at the DNC, or the purpose of the sea of waving American Flags (also to mask protests)

    memo to David Brooks: the Bushes accidentally "gave away their party’s sacred inheritance." " The GOP has been fractured since Bush43, yet JEB! just had to run in 2016...

    Today's antidote to David Brooks' 'Woodstock2016inspiredopinion':

    "Trump's fundamental critiques of U.S. foreign policy have merit. Now they must be matched with wise solutions."

    Zalmay Khalilzad

    July 28, 2016

    and, then there is this comment thread, much more interesting than the post itself:

  2. oops!

    "Hillary Clinton Suggested Trump Couldn't Be Trusted With The Nuclear Codes, Did She Forget Bill Lost Them?"

    Matt Vespa
    Posted: Jul 29, 2016 1:40 PM

    "...Shelton claims the story has never been released before, but Ret. Air Force Lt. Col Robert Patterson told a very similar account in his own book, published seven years ago.

    Patterson was one of the men who carried the football, and he says it was literally the morning after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke that he made a routine request of the president to present the card so that he could swap it out for an updated version.

    "He thought he just placed them upstairs," Patterson recalled. "We called upstairs, we started a search around the White House for the codes, and he finally confessed that he in fact misplaced them. He couldn't recall when he had last seen them."

    In Patterson's telling of the story, the President lost the biscuit in 1998, but according to Shelton, the card went missing in 2000. ..."


    [a book review of] Dov Waxman, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) 328 pp., $29.95.

    "...The subject that dominates is that of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”)—a phrase extracted from the Aleinu (“it is our duty”), a prayer traditionally recited daily in the morning, afternoon and evening—which, over the past half-century, has been equated with “social justice.” Even Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur sermons beseech worshippers to purchase hybrid vehicles, petition for gender-neutral bathrooms and lobby for gun control. Israel is peripheral. While Waxman does point out that tikkun olam “has become something of a catchphrase,” he neglects to point out how it came to be a catchphrase. ..."