Mr. Brooks

Mostly because he’s a “conservative” who frequently critiques Republicans and praises Democrats and decries the usual echo chamber, kneejerk reactionary kind of thinking amongst “progressives” and “conservatives”, I have often read David Brooks — he’s also a voracious reader, and I’ve often made time to read his winners and honorable mentions in the Sidney Awards.  …

Engaged or Detached?

Today’s column by David Brooks really hit me right where it hurts: my ego and tender feelings. Discussing writing as a partisan (or what I have called a “zombie”) versus a non-partisan, he throws out this chestnut: “At her worst, the detached writer slips into a sanguine, pox-on-all-your-houses complacency and an unearned sense of superiority.” …

Mind the military-industrial(-congressional) complex

I often am asked about my support of Barack Obama; it’s certainly true that his anti-partisan message seduced this cat in 2008, and I was thrilled that America’s first non-white President was re-elected in 2012. That doesn’t mean that I get behind everything he does; no two people agree on everything, and honestly, while I …