I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.
I know firsthand the pain of being among the homeless population. Even in the lowest of times, my family and I always mattered. Our only crime was being poor and lacking opportunities. The police, who should be providing protection to a vulnerable population, have chosen to use them to make political points.