Sunday, September 04, 2005

Brooks' Latest Yawner

Although I agree, generally with his column (for once), along with the primer sentences and cliches, note the staggering lack of accountability in the writing. The referred-to devastation unfurls without any attribution of responsibility for the colossal failure of our government to act. In fact, all current events for Brooks seem to be an agentless, epic spectacle with no direction or lasting effect--each moment vanishing after depositing its emotional residue.

Note the verb forms related to the crisis ("action was ineffective", "poor were abandoned"). Other bummers are addressed similarly:

We have seen incompetent postwar planning. We have seen the collapse of Enron and corruption scandals on Wall Street. We have seen scandals at our leading magazines and newspapers, steroids in baseball, the horror of Abu Ghraib.


Brooks treats our history as natural phenomena, or as a procession of absurd events without anyone pulling the strings. This sort of writing is a symptom of a diseased democracy - where have we come to where the decisions of our public servants are treated as phenomena that we observe and react to emotionally but don't seek to understand? Luckily I'm not cynical enough to think that people in this country are just "mad as hell" and don't actually know how to put 2 and 2 together when its right in front of their faces. See the SUSA tracking poll on Katrina if you need any confirmation that you can't fool all the people all the time.

Nowhere in that article is the Bush Administration mentioned, FEMA, Chertoff, Brown, the National Guard, the Governorships, or any of the potential human beings that acted or failed to act in the public interest.

Brooks can continue to blissfully channelsurf through the present for all I care, while the rest of us do stuff.

1 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

Brooks is a total nonentity. Not worth reading. He has dissipated his all-too-insolid flesh to the point of evanescing into the surrounding hot air.

Screw him.

Monday, September 05, 2005 3:10:00 PM  

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