Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Importance of Rudeness

David Brooks wrote something terrible this week. This is not a surprise. The Times pays him handsomely to write snotty, unedited editions of David Brooks Understands The Little People on a regular basis. They will not fire him, not even for takes as dopey and casually nauseating as this one:

So if you want to stop school shootings it's not enough just to vent and march. It's necessary to let people from Red America lead the way, and to show respect to gun owners at all points. There has to be trust and respect first. Then we can strike a compromise on guns as guns, and not some sacred cross in the culture war.

I think we've all seen what bending over backwards to accommodate Red America looks like. It looks a lot like the bullet-ridden liescape we all now currently occupy. Does the Times care that they're printing this dreck? Of course not.


Quite the contrary, the Times seems very happy these days to secure the endorsements of pretentious (and spineless) conservative publications and high-end white nationalist pamphleteers alike, and they have adopted a siege mentality when it comes to any profane opposition.

In fact, if you go by the memo issued by editor James Bennet, the Times' chief priority at the moment is to keep people from being rude to the Times. THAT, to them, is the crisis. When editor Bari Weiss was called out for a ------ tweet about figure skater Mirai Nagasu, she declared it the "end of civilization." Her colleague Bret Stephens, whose only apparently qualification to write for the Times is his impenetrable smugness, declared the attacks on Weiss to be "insane." And it's a very conservative move in 2018 to support dickish policy and then turn around and cry out Trump Derangement Syndrome when citizens react with justifiable hostility. That Brooks column up above openly pleas for a return to "normal politics," whatever the hell that is. Civility must reign. We cannot dare get personal. We cannot be rude.

So let's talk about rudeness for a moment, because we live in rude times. The president is a pig. His underlings are nothing but a bunch of opportunists and enablers. And the rest of GOP is staffed by a wide range of scum, from camera-friendly establishment monsters like Paul Ryan to outright crackpots like this guy. When the president's own little pukeson decides to endorse a conspiracy theorist truthering the motives of the Parkland High teenagers, I feel like that's a much greater sign of the end of civilization than someone rightfully telling a lady at the Times that she should take the L.


My position for many years, especially towards the conservative members of the Supreme Court. They have made decisions which are seriously corrupting our democracy, hell, the issue of today is AR-15's manufactured by the gun industry and protected by the gun lobby (NRA). Should a parent of one of those 17 victims killed in Parkland be polite to either a member of the NRA or one of the politicians they have bought? I think not, when sighted in public places they should be called out loudly, embarrassed bad if possible, they should not be allowed to slither around in public like blameless workers, no, they are not workers. They are powerful people doing terrible things which affect all of us in terrible ways. Rudeness should be the least of their concerns when going out in public just like it is now for our students. If only the mass murderer involved in Parkland would have just been rude.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-21 04:28 PM

I heard Mr Brooks put forth his viewpoint in more length on one of the talk shows.

I tend to agree with him.

We are not going to have a valid, long lasting solution to our gun violence problem unless gun owners also buy in to it. Not every gun owner, but a good majority of them.

A "solution" imposed upon the gun owners by those who do not own guns is not a solution, it is a punishment. And it will not last.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-21 04:34 PM

lamplighter- these are not reasonable people we're talking about here.

#3 | Posted by alexandrite at 2018-02-21 04:38 PM

@#3 ... these are not reasonable people we're talking about here ...

Many (most?) are. You just don't see them. We tend to see the gun-rights extremists much, much more than those who own guns responsibly.

Once I stopped being rabid about gun control, I was amazed at the number of gun owners who told me they owned guns, people who had not mentioned it before.

I remain of the opinion that more will be accomplished working with than working against.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-21 04:48 PM

Lamplighter, Brooks is blowing the dog whistle and you are helping him.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-21 06:01 PM

That is just, like, David Brooks' opinion, man.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-21 06:06 PM


#7 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-21 06:13 PM

i wrote about that yesterday.
Brooks was wrong then and he's wrong now.

besides, didn't he recently say he was crawling away, that he was done? LOSER. WAR MONGER. ACCOMPLICE.

#8 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-21 06:14 PM

Careful Lamp, Alex and Bruce are going to kick you out of the Cool Kids Club for radical ideas like "why don't we all work together to solve this problem."

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-21 06:15 PM

he's back at it. with all due respect Mr. Brooks, you were wrong before, and you're wrong now. simply put, those you defend and their ideas will be VOTED out, then these laws will be reformed. no one is obliged to let anyone else lead and no one is disrespecting anyone, certainly not unequally: all one is OBLIGED to do is VOTE. #NEVERAGAIN #WECALLBS #STOPTHEVIOLENCE

#10 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-21 06:20 PM

"why don't we all work together to solve this problem."

That's a good one. Real knee slapper.

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-21 06:20 PM

"why don't we all work together to solve this problem."

You can't work with a side that threatens civil war over a rifle being taken.

#12 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-02-21 06:23 PM

Righttocenter- i wouldn't belong to any club that debased itself by having me as a member.

#13 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-02-21 06:25 PM

Concealed-carry permit holders are nearly the most law-abiding demographic of Americans, a new report by the Crime Prevention Research Center says -- comparing the permit holders foremost with police.

"Indeed, it is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding," says the report, titled "Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016."

That makes us more responsible, not less. Jesus.

Also, a survey of 99 criminals in a Chicago jail found 70 had owned a gun. Only 2 had legally purchased them.

If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. There will be no effect on crime.

#14 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-21 07:03 PM

@#12 ... You can't work with a side that threatens civil war over a rifle being taken. ...

I agree. Someone who thinks like that is part of the problem, just like the pundit I saw on Fox News that said something along the lines of, ~the Liberals had better watch out, we're the ones with the guns.~

On the other hand, there are rational people on both sides, I believe they represent a majority. The problem is that the extremists currently control the communication channels. On both sides.

But I will say once again, the only way to a viable, long lasting solution is for both sides to work on the solution. If one side imposes a solution upon the other side, then the solution becomes subject to the political whims du jour.

I like the Billy Bragg song...

When one voice rules the nation
Just because they're on top of the pile
Doesn't mean their vision is the clearest
The voices of the people
Are falling on deaf ears

Our politicians all become careerists
They must declare their interests
But not their company cars
Is there more to a seat in parliament
Then sitting on your arse
And the best of all this bad bunch
Are shouting to be heard
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

Outside the patient millions
Who put them into power
Expect a little more back for their taxes
Like school books, beds in hospitals
And peace in our bloody time

All they get is old men grinding axes
Who've built their private fortunes
On the things they can rely

The courts, the secret handshake
The Stock Exchange and the old school tie
For God and Queen and Country
All things they justify
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

God bless the civil service
The nations saving grace
While we expect democracy
They're laughing in our face
And although our cries get louder
Their laughter gets louder still
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-21 07:30 PM

That's a good one. Real knee slapper.

#11 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2018-02-21 06:20 PM

Then you are just as bogus as the other guys.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-21 07:40 PM

You can't work with a side that threatens civil war over a rifle being taken.


I've actually thought about this...

When civil war starts, we wait ... then, when these 2nd Amendment people keel over from exhaustion after crossing the street due to their chronic obesity and multiple pre-diabetic conditions, we take their guns -- presto, civil war ovah!

#17 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-21 07:59 PM

@15 On the other hand, there are rational people on both sides, I believe they represent a majority. The problem is that the extremists currently control the communication channels.

Your 1st sentence is correct but your conclusion is incorrect.

The majority is rational, unfortunately we live in a nihilistic society. That breeds logical conclusions of a. hold onto my guns or b. get rid of all guns.

What we NEED are idealists to revolutionize the topic.

#18 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-21 10:21 PM

I don't see anyone here saying "get rid of all guns"

I DO see threats of civil war over AR-15 confiscations, though.

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-02-21 10:25 PM

sure, i'll say that: get rid of all guns.
all explosives/bombs
the list goes on and on
of things to "get rid of."

#20 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-22 07:37 AM

"I DO see threats of civil war over AR-15 confiscations, though."

First, I haven't heard anyone talking about confiscations. Second, the number of psychos who own AR-15s isn't really that great, it wouldn't be a civil war, it would be psychos trying to kill police officers doing their jobs. If they are willing to kill police over the posession of any specific type of weapon then that, in and of itself, demonstrates they should not own those weapons.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-22 09:51 AM

Canada is proof that responsible gun ownership is possible...change your background check system, change your safe storage laws so in home access is under lock and key, make sure safety training with firearms is mandatory for ownership, these things work. Sure I can own an ar15 as a hobbyist, but I can only use it at an approved range so there is no use in myself having one as the nearest range is a 4 hour drive from my remotely located self. Go ahead and have concealed carry but only in holster, and on the body only...not in grannys purse where little Jimmy can pull out Babas 38 and shoot his little sister on the way to the mall. These are small and simple things to change and only the mouth breathers will be the ones to complain. Right to bear arms, sure...doesn't say what kind of arm, give em a baton until they can prove that they can handle a firearm with care, there are those that will say "but I/He/She trained with this or that group"...but did you cover proper safety or just shooting skills....big difference. I have watched many videos of certified American instructors that would not or could not pass the Canadian firearms safety test. Right now the average Canadian that has passed the exams to have access to a handgun has more training than a rookie RCMP officer that carries on their hip daily.

#22 | Posted by ghoti at 2018-02-22 10:14 AM

This is a western article.

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