Let’s Not Do This Again ~ DAVID BROOKS ~ Today’s NYT editorial

Jerry

You’re the one who suggested that David Brooks was often a good read. I had avoided him forever: too Repub, too conservative. But I have been dipping in from time to time & have found some excellent, thoughtful, well-written smart pieces. & then I like this rant from this morning:

But this year Donald Trump has decimated the codes of basic decency without paying a price. With his constant, flagrant and unapologetic lying, he has shredded the standards of intellectual virtue — the normal respect for facts and truth that makes conversation possible. With his penchant for cruelty, bigotry, narcissism, selfishness and even his primitive primate dominance displays, he has shredded the accepted understandings of personal morality that prevent the strong from preying on the weak.

Most disturbing, all of this has been greeted with moral numbness. The truest thing Trump said all year is that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes. We learned this year that millions of Americans are incapable of being morally offended, or of putting virtue above partisanship.

~~~  READ THE BROOKS EDITORIAL  ~~~

Adios compadre, Jerry O

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