“Last week The Washington Post published transcripts of Donald Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders. A dear friend sent me an email suggesting I read them because they reveal how Trump’s mind works. But as I tried to click the link a Bartleby-like voice in my head said, “I would prefer not to.”
I tried to click again and the voice said: “No thanks. I’m full.”For the past two years Trump has taken up an amazing amount of my brain space. My brain has apparently decided that it’s not interested in devoting more neurons to that guy. There’s nothing more to be learned about Trump’s mixture of ignorance, insecurity and narcissism. Every second spent on his bluster is more degrading than informative.
Now a lot of people are clearly still addicted to Trump. My Twitter feed is all him. Some people treat the Trump White House as the “Breaking Bad” serial drama they’ve been binge watching for six months. For some of us, Trump-bashing has become educated-class meth. We derive endless satisfaction from feeling morally superior to him — and as Leon Wieseltier put it, affirmation is the new sex.But I thought I might try to listen to my brain for a change. That would mean trying, probably unsuccessfully, to spend less time thinking about Trump the soap opera and more time on questions that surround the Trump phenomena and this moment of history.
How much permanent damage is he doing to our global alliances? Have Americans really decided they no longer want to be a universal nation with a special mission to spread freedom around the world? Is populism now the lingua franca of politics so the Democrats’ only hope is to match Trump’s populism with their own?”
Good Column David Brooks. Good questions.
I Like Christine McM’s top comment, but not her tone of superiority. She criticizes Brooks, as do so many, for what he didn’t say, while avoiding a good discussion regarding what he does say. Her comment follows:
Christine McM is a trusted commenter Massachusetts 7 hours ago
How Wasp-centric you are Mr. Brooks! Nary a word about the waves of immigration, bringing millions of Irish Catholics, persecuted Jews, and war-torn Vietnamese, Koreans, Indians, Africans. And of course, no word either of the product of Americans original sin—slaves and the long history of African American subjugation.
And of course our more recent subjects of strife and animus: Hispanics and Muslims.
you may be sick of Donald Trump, but it’s establishment Republicans like you who are very much responsible for allowing this grotesque caricature of a president to become elected. Why didn’t you and your peers speak out more loudly, ferociously, and fiercely?
if Donald Trump i, the last gasp of white America against the loss of privilege, you still don’t account for the forces that were largely products of Republican administrations: Citizens United; voter repression, gerrymandering, the rise of polarized politics, and worst of all, the denial of basic knowledge and scientific facts about climate change.
You worry about what comes after Trump? David, it’s time to focus on now, to fight the pernicious effect of what’s occurring on a daily basis all over this country: the ravaging of precious resources, deregulation that will foul our air and water and potentially trigger another economic crisis; the ratcheting up of police actions against minorities and immigrants, hate crimes.
Time to come down from your ivory tower and get involved today.
I am more intesested in the substantive questions that Brooks raises. Will Trumps blunders damage us in foreign affairs for generations. Will the rejection of the TPP excellerate the rise of China over the US? I wish he had asked, Can we survive the worst effects of climate change and the 6th extinction, with Trump in power for four years?