Douglas MacKinnon

As the vast majority of the nation does not "talk" like Brooks and Obama, I'm proud to be on the other side of the Brooks/Obama pretension divide populated by tens of millions of Americans who achieved whatever success they have in life based solely on hard work and experience as opposed to gaining favor or prominence derived from political correctness, political beliefs, Ivy League connections, or other like-minded pursuits.

One of the stated reasons for Brooks' infatuation with Obama is their shared admiration of the words of Edmund Burke. Ironically, Burke once said, "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an un-pitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

Brooks has unabashedly become a cheerleader for Obama. Again, that is his right. What is not his right is to color the facts, nor to arbitrarily assign intelligence and station in life to others. With regard to the Obama White House, Brooks says, "I feel like I can call anybody. With Bush, there were months when I was in favor, and months when I was out of favor. Here, you can write whatever you want; you don't notice any diminution. If I call Rahm or Orszag or Axelrod, they're happy to talk."

Does Brooks really think Obama, Rahm, and Axelrod are "happy to talk" to him because in him, they've found an intellectual soul mate, or because, like Vladimir Lenin had done with others decades before, in Brooks, the White House has found a "useful idiot?"


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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