David Brooks’ column in today’s NYTimes titled “Let’s All Feel Superior” begins with the following twaddle:
“First came the atrocity, then came the vanity. The atrocity is what Jerry Sandusky has been accused of doing at Penn State. The vanity is the outraged reaction of a zillion commentators over the past week, whose indignation is based on the assumption that if they had been in Joe Paterno’s shoes, or assistant coach Mike McQueary’s shoes, they would have behaved better. They would have taken action and stopped any sexual assaults.Unfortunately, none of us can safely make that assumption.”
And twaddle it is.
I know hundreds of people, hundreds, who, seeing what Mike McQueary saw, would have called the cops.
I’ve long suspected David Brooks of possessing the kind of smug, neo-con world view that only a tiny fraction of the human population is capable of judgment–a Hamiltonian position certainly, and one that trickles down the legs of conservatives everywhere. What a sad column he has written. How vainglorious and shallow. Twaddle that stinks.