Since Bob just posted about Richard Lindzen on Global Warming, I began listening to some of his videos on YouTube.com. In the middle of the second one I watched, Lindzen quoted from an essay on “traditionalists” and “reformer” in the Republican Party. I began searching and found the quotation online at Real Clear Politics.
If you want to know why David Brooks (and those like him) should make you sick, here you go.
For conservatives, the coming argument about core principles will pit “Traditionalists” against “Reformers,” according to David Brooks of the New York Times. Traditionalists, he says, “believe that conservatives have lost elections because they have strayed from the true creed. George W. Bush was a big-government type who betrayed conservatism. John McCain was a Republican moderate, and his defeat discredits the moderate wing.” The Traditionalists, Brooks says, include Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. They’re convinced the cure for the problems of conservatism is more conservatism: “Cut government, cut taxes, restrict immigration. Rally behind Sarah Palin.”
Reformers, by contrast, believing that “American voters will not support a party whose main idea is slashing government,” recommend “new policies to address inequality and middle-class economic anxiety.” They “tend to take global warming seriously,” according to Brooks, not only on the merits, but in the belief that conservatives “cannot continue to insult the sensibilities of the educated class and the entire East and West Coasts.” The most prominent Reformers are writers. Brooks’ list includes: David Frum, author of Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again; Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, co-authors of Grand New Party; Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review; and Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
I hate almost everything about Brooks perspective. I could rail about how cutting government and taxes are the essence of any real conservative movement, but I’ve written on that elsewhere today. (I’m not nearly as happy with restricting immigration except that “immigration reform” is nothing but a ploy right now to increase government and taxes; so I want nothing to do with it).
But what I find nauseating is Brooks’ open statement that we must defer to the tastes of the elites who believe they deserve to be our master.
Disgusting is too a mild word to describe his attitude.