The title alone should have warned us that the NY Times resident conservative, David Brooks, has finally fallen off the deep end. "Make Everybody Hurt" was not your usual Brooksian pseudo-intellectual pablum. It had a new twist: sadism. Brooks, the outwardly mild-mannered, reasonable Republican, has stripped off the facade of politesse and revealed a wire hanger-wielding harridan just beneath the surface.
The protest movement in Wisconsin has finally caused David to snap. He accuses Democratic state senators of being "extra-legal obstructionists" for fleeing the state to save the teachers' union. And since the old Constitution doesn't go far enough, he is calling for an unwritten Austerity Constitution consisting of a set of practices that will cut, cut and cut again. Night of the Long Knives, Night of a Thousand Cuts. He calls the antics of demonstraters "amusingly Orwellian." Only David Brooks and maybe the Koch Brothers would find Orwell a laugh riot.
Today's Brooks column provoked the usual outrage from readers. Marie Burns outdid herself in a masterful job of Brooks slicing and dicing, taking each of his thought balloons and poking a fork in it. She accused him of getting his news from the Koch Brothers Gazette and being an insult to the readers of The Times. "What happened to the David Brooks who wrote all that glowing stuff about the importance of education as a vehicle to American success?" she asks. "Maybe he took a sick day."
Brooks is supremely miffed that the governor has exempted cops and firefighters from the pain, conveniently failing to reveal that Gov. Walker spared them because they were contributors to his campaign. The limiting of torture to just the teaching profession is "unsustainable in the current tide of red ink." Actually, David's thought processes are as unsustainable as Joan Crawford's red-lipsticked gash of an abusive mouth.
Finding fault with working people and labor unions for the current fiscal crises (manufactured largely by extending Bush tax cuts for the wealthy), blaming cops and teachers and firefighters for something the Wall Street banksters did, is very Mommie-Dearish. Remember the scene from the movie when an intoxicated Joan Crawford wakes her sleeping little daughter to perform the notorious coat hanger beating? She drags young Christina Crawford into the bathroom, deliberately trashes it, and then accuses the girl of making the mess. Here's a quotes quiz. Guess the sources - you get four picks: David Brooks, Joan Crawford, Republican governors, or Regular People:
"Tina, bring me the axe!"
"Clean up this mess!"
"Scrub, scrub, Christina. It's not! This floor is not clean! Look at it! This floor is not clean! None of it...this floor is not clean. Nothing is clean. This whole place is a mess..."
"Ah....you lost again."
"Ah, nobody said life was fair. I'm bigger and faster and I'll always beat you."
"Why can't you give me the respect I'm entitled to? Why can't you treat me like I would be treated by any stranger on the street?"
"Don't @$#% with me, fellas!"
"I'm not gonna play with you anymore. EVER!"
Postscript: there are no right and wrong answers on this test, just as there are no right or wrong answers in this crapfest of ambiguity we call life.