David Brooks' latest a-pox-on-our-whole-culture column reflects his ongoing need to think of himself as a thoughtful, self-restrained conservative. But he lacks the awareness and self-reflection to face the implications of his own political allegiances.
Brooks is smart, and he's a good salesman, so his ideas may resonate with the President. That would be a very bad thing indeed. He's using new catchphrases to dress up some very bad, very old, and very unpopular ideas.
Obama spoke yesterday about the costs of the displacement of manufacturing and textiles. Both were caused by the decades-long Reagan Revolution led divestment from America -- not the last several years.
It's been easy for the Republicans to spend the last two years demonizing and obstructing the president. Well now the GOP has a share of the power, and they can no longer just sit back and throw rocks.
When historians look back on the 2010 election, it will be remembered for three things -- a bad economy, the rise of the Tea Party, and the undertow of anonymous corporate money. Time for a pro-democracy Tea Party.
We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.
Boycotts focus on arresting the most valuable yet vulnerable freedoms: freedom of thought. Like a cluster bomb, boycotts are not particularly surgical in its strike, instead reeking extensive collateral damage.