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Falling apart at the seams??

David Brooks has an important — but very misleading — column this morning at the New York Times, “America is falling apart at the seams.” The column tries to pull off the same old deception that so-called centrists always try to pull off. That’s the idea that bad things are always symmetrical, that “both sides” are always equally to blame.

It’s not that America is falling apart at the seams. It’s that Republican, Trumpist America is falling apart at the seams. Republicans are well along in becoming what Republican propaganda and Trumpist trash-talk have taught them to become — insufferable.

Show me someone assaulting airline crew and I will show you a white Republican. Show me someone being rude and demeaning to a waitress and I will show you a white Republican.

Brooks tries to blame the usual conservative boogey men. He mentions that a majority of Americans are no longer members of a church. Small wonder, given that the white churches have driven away decent people, having aligned their religion with Trump and Republican politics. The decline in church membership actually is a sign of moral improvement in American society, given what the churches have become.

Every liberal I know is working extra hard to preserve civility, even though we are often the targets of “fuck your feelings” incivility. A few months ago, a drunk Republican who lives about half a mile away from me threatened to kill me after he saw that the mighty right-wing talking points that he was shouting at me weren’t having the effect he wanted. He had a 9mm pistol in his back pocket. He shouted the N-word several times just to show that he wasn’t “woke.” His intent was intimidation. Trumpist America wants the rest of America to be afraid of them. I told him, and not in a snowflake voice, to stop trying to intimidate me.

David Brooks’ self-deceived, centrist, both-sides hand-wringing will do no good, not until the Republican Party rethinks its politics and the white churches rethink their religion. They hate being a minority, and they are terrified by the fact that it is becoming harder and harder for them to dominate.


  1. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    Thank you for that

    I feel he rolls us all into one America
    We are not. I fight bigotry everywhere I see it. Though at 81, I do not try fist of cuffs

    Recently while walking Oliver, a man stopped his truck along side me and asked if I had seen two dark individuals dressed in black – I said I had not and we had just walk a block or so. As he drove away he yelled out “ya better buy a Glock“

    Monday, January 17, 2022 at 5:16 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Henry… They take great pleasure in feeling threatened, don’t they. And they’re always looking for an excuse to play cowboys and Indians.

    Monday, January 17, 2022 at 6:43 pm | Permalink
  3. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    I’m watching a PBS special featuring Samuel R Delaney SciFi. Pretty interesting person

    Monday, January 17, 2022 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

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